Thursday, June 12, 2014

On Being Popular

A guy I went to high school with posted this article on Facebook. First, let me say for the record that I was not popular. Neither was the guy that posted it. I imagine the people involved with writing the article weren't popular, either. But isn't there a saying...or an internet meme...about nerds ruling the earth?

I don't know. I wrote about it a bit in TAKE A LITTLE RIDE. The character doesn't want to believe that high school was as good as it gets. If that was the top if your game, I feel sorry for you. I've always believed that if you go to college, all that popularity you worked so hard for is out the window anyway. Because none of it matters anymore. 

But I was a pretty naive person back then. I only realize it now. Maybe I still am, a little bit. I'm sure there were a lot of people doing things that I couldn't even have imagined back then. Maybe that hurts my writing a little bit. Or maybe that's why adults are better YA writers. We know ALL THE THINGS now that we didn't back then and we can educate our younger selves. Or help someone that age navigate it a little better. YA now is different than it used to be too, I think. Maybe because I didn't care about it back then. I didn't want to read about people my age. I read things that were over my head. Maybe that's why I like YA so much now. I feel like I missed some things and I want to recapture the magic. Not that I want to go back to high school. I'd rather...do anything else. I couldn't come up with a good way to finish that. But you get the point.

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