Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday is all about the BOYS.

As I get notes in from my critque partners and finish up HOW TO DATE AN ALIEN, I started to think back on how I could tweak things to make them a little less "Twilighty" as one critique partner had put it and a little more fire in the characters attraction.

With that being said...we all know that Edward isn't my favorite vampire.  Sorry the bedhead thing just doens't do it for me. I had thought it was time to give up on vampires, but then as I lay on the couch and scrolled for something to watch on TV I found the teenage vampire that could make me forget I ever said anything bad about vampires.

Hummanah, hummanah, hummanah.  What was I talking about again?  I'm sorry I was lost in David Boreanaz' jaw line.  Yeah...there was a Buffy marathon on Oxygen and it was the earlier seasons before Willow's yestergayness and Buffy's sister appeared in the picture.  Those little moments were Angel wasn't a main character, but would show up at Bronze to give Buffy some cryptic message and maybe even take his leather jacket off of his broad shoulders and drape it around Buffy because she looked cold...swoooooooooooon.  Um what was I talking about again?

Oh yeah...writing....right....  So I thought about how this transfers over to my writing.  How a girl could fall for a mysterious alien, even though he is so mysterious yet is always there when she needs him.  Or if he just looks like this...

Nggggggggggggggh. Did I mention that I -may- have also started watching another vampire show called Being Human?  Well as I watched, one of the main characters caught my eye.  His dark eyes...the spiky hair...the air of mystery about him.  He's actually an alien instead of a vampire in my eyes and he is very funy to look at...butt chin aside.

But enough about looking at good looking vampires, it's all about how we write these characters descriptions and make the reader SEE what we find so attractive in our head about these characters...all while still keeping it YA.

  He ran a gloved hand through his hair as he looked around the hallway.  I tried not to stare at the way the muscles in his arms moved as his fingers grazed his scalp.  When did he find time to work out? 

Who do you use for visual inspiration?  How do you put that onto the page?  Am I crazy for staring at teenage vampires?


  1. I'm with you on David...yummy! I am not a fan of Team Edward or Twilight in general, I know I am in the MINORITY. Great site, so glad I found it:)

  2. Wait ... what was this blog post about? I was totally caught up with Angel's face. He IS visual inspiration in any form. Ah, so glad I get to see him on Bones. Swoon.


  3. YES! The vamp on Being Human is also Darth Vader's apprentice in Star Wars Force Unleashed. I figured that bit out last week while watching. He's super dreamy. (butt chin aside of course)

    Good luck knocking out the Twilight from HtDaA.

  4. Hehehe...yummy...

    Early Buffy, the best. Season two, evil Angel...

    sorry, what?

    Loved your snippet. Great visuals ^_^

  5. Okay so you should totally write an article for my new blog. About dating aliens, of course! I just hope your aliens don't "sparkle."

  6. I think everyone knows I'm sort of into a certain rock bassist. But I'll stare at David B. any day, yes yes.

  7. Ooh, nice pictures! I just wrote a kissing scene and whenever I have to write romance, I always focus on the small things, like his hipbone touching her stomach or his breath on her neck. I find those small things so much more intimate and appealing, so my visual inspirations include images of a hand on a back or as you pointed out--a muscle in the arm.

  8. That's one of the reasons why YA is so infectious these days.
    Great post!

  9. First off, David Boreanaz is so dreamy. *melts a little and there's a long pause*.
    Oh, sorry. As for the other questions, I don't focus on a person for visual inspiration. My characters are just there, in my mind - which is way I would have a hard time listing who could play them in a movie. :D

  10. Sorry, I meant 'why I would' not 'way'. LOL. BTW, I think you would like Greg, Rupert, George, and Matthew. (Yes, lots of boys in Death's Island).

  11. Dude, I'll gaze upon hot vamps all day long. (Eric, Damon, Angel, Mick, that new guy on Being Human [American version]...I rather like his butt chin) (no sparkling vamps, please)
    (I miss the early Buffy years. *sigh*)

    I disliked the book version of I Am Number Four, but that guy starrign in the movie might make me plunk down some money...he counts as a hot alien, fo sho.

    Somehow, this is my first time here. *waves* Nice to 'meet' you. :)


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