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    Characters' Ages and Romance

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by The Hollow, Aug 25, 2012.

    I myself when I first started writing it didn't even think this was inappropriate. But since the only person I've actually spoken to about what I'm writing does, I figure I'd better seek some more feedback on it to break the 50/50 tie.

    The only issue is the ages of my characters. They're 13 and 14. It's a YA novel. I don't know if 13-14 is a children's or YA audience, but the story itself is definitely YA because there is some light romantic tension between the two main characters. You know, just hugging and kissing (not snogging or making out - kissing) and looking intensely into each others' eyes and all that. No sex. Ever.

    I have been told that such behaviors are too mature for the ages of the characters and that their ages should be raised to at least 15 and 16. I have really grown attached to my characters being just as they are, but I don't know if young people having a serious love for each other is an outrageous issue or not.
     
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    No, this sound okay.

    Sex in ya novels has been around since the 70's and it's been carefully watched ( and as far as I'm concerned needs to be -
    though wish they'd scrutinize the violence with such dedication ) and it's usually more a question on how the author
    handles the issue than the issue itself. Anything exploitive, tasteless, or gratitous wouldn't go over too well with publishers.

    But what you've described sounds fine.
     
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    I'm having the same problem as well, only my characters in question are 14 and 16.

    But Peach is right. If it's handled well, then it's good.
     
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    Thanks. Maybe she was just being a prude or something.
     
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    That sounds tame enough for a YA novel. There are plenty of kids who start dating at that age, even if it's only for like a week or two. Like the others have said, if it's handled well, it shouldn't be a problem.

    If you get the chance, I'd recommend checking out the movie Moonrise Kingdom - the story revolves around two twelve-year-olds who decide that they're in love and want to run away together. It was handled really well, and their relationship is really cute and sweet, nothing too dramatic. :)
     
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    it's ok for the lower age half of YA... sad to say, many american kids today are actually having sex at those ages and even earlier...
     

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