Thursday, May 13, 2010

Adele of Persnickety Snark fame Sheds Some Light

Hey all,

Today, I am so excited to bring to you Adele of Persnickety Snark fame. She is one of the few bloggers I look upto. I'm so glad she agreed to write this guest post.


Happy Birthday Adele! >

I cannot wait to meet you in August!


A big hug and a thank you for inviting me to be part of your blogoversary celebration. You are a valued friend and I am beyond excited to meet you in New York in August.


It says a lot about a person, what their immediate thought is about a topic.

When I think of Hunger Games, I think of Gale.

When I think of Vampire Diaries, I think of Damon.

If you haven’t figured it out already, I am into the dark, mysterious and douchey guys. While you may be cheering (or jeering) my choices there are bigger concerns at play. Why don’t I think of the strong, female protagonists?

I empathise with both of the protagonists. Katniss is a strong, capable girl who does everything to keep her family going. Elena is terminally conflicted by her man, her friends and her family. I understand them, I really do. But I don’t like them all that much. Katniss definitely has the edge. Elena is simply someone who bares a lot of cleavage, annoys me with her stupidity and talks from a weird place in her throat. Plus side...she’s not played by Miley Cyrus and her mouth acting. Boob acting I can live with, mouth acting I cannot. Katniss doesn’t do any of these things. Thank goodness.

What do they have in common?

In my opinion they both choose the wrong guys. Not for the pure reasons of love or being soul mates but for entertainment value. I think that Gale and Damon are vastly more entertaining than their counterparts as they are quite unpredictable and have a tendency to be arseholes when necessary. What can I say? I like guys in books and on television that I would never pick for myself in real life.

Nice guys bore me. In the entire time I have been blogging young adult literature reviews I have only found myself siding with the nice guy around three times – LM Montgomery’s Gilbert Blythe (the ultimate nice guy), Robin Benway’s ginger haired James (Audrey, Wait) and Melina Marchetta’s Jonah Griggs (Jellicoe Road). There are a few that live in my grey area but I err on the side of douche baggery.

It reflects society in some ways. We tend to be much harder on females than we are on males. There is expected behaviour attached to being respectful and step outside those lines and a girl can very quickly become a whore or bitch with the snap of the fingers. A guy does these things and not only is it okay, it’s pretty hot. I am a traitor to my gender.

What I would like to point out is that Gale and Damon would not hold as much charm for me if their counterparts weren’t equally fleshed out (if not as charismatic). Peeta and Stefan are white knights in shining armour. Chivalrous, kind and built – yummy, scrummy, cheeseboard abs built. They are beyond delectable. But even these guys wouldn’t hold any attraction if Katniss and Elena didn’t provide a strong central role in the storytelling.

That’s the message here. While the abs and the banter are bliss, it is the sum of the parts that make both The Hunger Games and The Vampire Diaries so good. That doesn’t mean I won’t continue to lust after my fictional hotties, and neither should you!


Once again, THANK YOU SO MUCH Adele! Don't forget to look at and comment on the other guest posts about the Hunger Games & Vampire Diaries as a part of my blogoversary celebration!

Until next time,


  1. Damon is my favourite too. He gets the best lines and is so funny, plus Ian Sommehalder has been on my radar since he guest starred in Smaillville. Actually so did Paul West who played Stefan. No wonder I'm in lurve with Smallville. Not only do I get to perv on Tom Welling, but all the other hotties guest starring. Yummo.


    Scuse me while I catch my breath.

    As far as teams go, I love Peeta. I guess I just like the nice guy, in life I have dated both the nice guy and the not nice guy. Currently am in almost 3 year long relationship with the nice guy, and let me tell you, it's nice to have rock solid love and not worry about him trying to hook up with other girls or anything. So, yeah I think my life experience predisposes me to want the nice guy to win.

  3. Funny, I don't think of Gale and Damon in the same bad boy category. Damon is truly a bad boy. He does what he wants and doesn't really care about the consequences. I also am not sure I would want to deal with the "drama" and instability in a real relationship that would come with Damon. I think it is fun to live it vicariously through a book or a show but in real life I would prefer Stefan. Gale though is responsible and strong. He isn't a "words/talker" the way Peeta is - my guess is that he would be more action than talk - but still a good guy in many ways.

    Adele - Happy Belated Birthday and always enjoy your posts.

  4. JONAH GRIGGS! I'm so excited that you mentioned him!

  5. This is an issue that's on my mind all the time when writing. The dark brooding guys are always the appealing ones, but in life, let me tell you, they're not so great. I've got a nice guy in the book I'm writing and I'm aware that it's a risk! But, at least, the book is a comedy and not dark or dramatic. Dark and dramatic seems to call for danger (all those "d" words belong together, I guess).