Not all the relationships you write in your manuscripts will be relationships in turmoil. If your main character has finally “found the one” and you want them to have a healthy relationship (as they should), try to do some thinking before you dive right in. What makes a healthy relationship? Why is all that important, especially for YA readers?
I think there are too many “stalker” type relationships in YA novels lately, so we need more healthy relationships portrayed based on mutual respect. This is the job of the writer to figure out how their two characters should get along. It’s not good if a young reader believes that it’s true love if someone pressures them into dating them by NEVER LEAVING THEM ALONE. Their significant other should not make them feel uncomfortable. No one should ever feel guilty about not wanting to date another person. You shouldn’t feel guilty about not returning someone’s advances. No one should make you feel bad about not wanting someone or something.
But how do you write healthy relationships then? How should your characters act? I would say the same indicators that make real life relationships work should be the same for your characters—
There’s mutual respect. No one has ever pressured the other into doing something they didn’t want to do. They support each other’s goals and really think the other person is someone amazing. They listen to each other and take each other seriously. They pay attention to each other. They are inspired by each other and find inspiration or motivation in the other person. They are able to compromise with each other. THEY ARE INDEPENDENT PEOPLE ON THEIR OWN WITH THEIR OWN HOPES AND DREAMS. They do not add to the stress in each other’s lives. They have the ability to be their own people.
Keep these things in mind while you write and you’ll create an excellent respectful relationship between two characters. I think we need to see more of this in YA novels because healthy relationships are important.
….You realize, of course, that Hermione Granger lit a teacher on fire when she was eleven, and kept a person alive in a jar for a year when she was fourteen, and studies dark and forbidden magics for kicks, and is one of the brightest and strongest witches of her era. If she came at me, even wandless, I would aparate to Neptune to get away from her.
Hermione Granger also:
punched Draco Malfoy in the nose for being an idiot
purposefully performed a confundus charm on whatshsface WHILE HE WAS FLYING just so Ron would win (omfg that is so fucking dangerous)
literally pulled a fucking Bourne Identity on her parents and managed to set them up in fucking Australia (jesus christ she literally made it so that she NEVER EXISTED wtf that’s so fucking 007)
Convinced the Ministry of Magic to give her an incredibly dangerous and volatile device that allowed her to ALTER TIMELINES COMPLETELY (just because she was so smart, literally, that is the reason, her “potential”)
Has enough basic survival skills and badass magic to literally disappear to the middle of nowhere and flourish AND figure out Voldemort’s plot with Harry
Hermione also figures out not only what Voldemort’s plan is, but generally how to beat it, WAY BEFORE VOLDEMORT EVER DOES. Why? because she is just that much smarter and better at magic than everybody else
in conclusion: Voldemort wishes he could be as awesome as Hermione, that’s why he wants to kill her so bad.
Can we rehave this series with hermione as the protagonist.
Hermione Granger and “That Time I Used the Power of Research and Deductive Reasoning to Make Sure Harry Didn’t Die”
Hermione Granger and “That time I figured shit out and literally ended up petrified for the cause and it took my friends weeks to figure out that I had the research on me”
Hermione Granger and “That Time I Was a Time Lord”
Hermione Granger and “That Time I Realized I was Hot and Smart and Saved Harry’s Ass with Research. Again. All the Time. Really, He Would Have Died Without Me.”
Hermione Granger and “That time Harry was too emo to actually do shit so I did shit in his name because I am the power behind the throne clearly also PS fought evil deatheaters and won”
Hermione Granger and “That Time I told Harry about the Dangers of Copying off Somebody’s else’s work that wasn’t mine and OH LOOK I WAS RIGHT”
Hermione Granger and “That Time I let Harry Decide Where to Go and What To do and we ended up wandering the forests of dean for like 5 months before saving his ass at Hogwarts”
Hey guys, we here at Crash Course in Awesome just blue ourselves out of excitement to be sharing this with you; above is the trailer for the long anticipated season 4 of Arrested Development! From the looks of it we’re in for some really funny surprises and twists in this season and we can’t wait! So tune into Netflix May 26th and check out the launch of season 4 in all of its glory!