Say you’re the hero or heroine of a young adult book and for some reason (most likely related to the supernatural) you are really, really, really good-looking. It would be a huge personal favor to me if you would go ahead and acknowledge this. By pretending to believe that you’re not all that hot, you are actually coming off as REALLY DUMB.
You’ve looked in a mirror before, for God’s sake. And, unless you’ve been living in a remote cave your entire life, you have some idea of what our society considers attractive. (If you have been living in a remote cave, I apologize for yelling at you. Carry on being naive.) In addition, since you won’t acknowledge it yourself, people are always having to come up to you and say things like, “What’ll you have, pretty boy?” or “You are really hot.” By now, it should have sunk in. If for no other reason, help other good-looking people by not perpetuating the stereotype that gorgeous people can’t also be smart. Then you can go back to hiding behind your hair.
Is it just me? To find out if this drives you crazy, too, try these books:
Starcrossed, by Josephine Angelini
When shy Helen Hamilton starts having vivid dreams about three ancient, hideous women and suddenly tries to kill a new student at her Nantucket high school, she discovers that she is playing out some version of an old tale involving Helen of Troy, the Three Furies, and a mythic battle.
White Cat, by Holly Black
When Cassel Sharpe discovers that his older brothers have used him to carry out their criminal schemes and then stolen his memories, he figures out a way to turn their evil machinations against them.
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