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February 10, 2010

Road Trip Wednesday: Favorite PDA

Kate Hart

For that special someone you'd like
to creep the hell out of.

This week, in honor of Valentine's Day, YA Highway wants to know:
What are your favorite expressions of affection in YA?


I don't know whose fan art this is,
but it's pretty darn good.
I have a few nominees for my favorite lip locking scenes. When Pudge finally gets to kiss Alaska in Looking For Alaska, the scene is so heartbreakingly awkward and real that I just.... sigh. Aislinn and Seth's weird sexual tension, set inside his iron train house, was super hot and.... sigh.

But my favorite kiss of all time, hands down: Hermione jumping Ron's bones in  Deathly Hallows. Not only did she take the lead (like we all knew she would), but it was spurred by his suggestion that they save the house elves, not some uncontrollable lust. I grinned like an idiot during that one.

Speaking of Ron, my favorite parental expression of affection is definitely Molly Weasley's horrid Christmas sweaters-- especially when she includes Harry... and when she expresses her displeasure with Hermione in Goblet of Fire by leaving her out. (It always bothered me that if I were a Harry Potter character, I'd probably be Molly-- until she had the best line of the entire series in Deathly Hallows.)

The Weasleys are probably my favorite literary family, period. Who doesn't want to be a Weasley? A big, rowdy, fun, loving group of people who take in strangers and make them their own = awesome. I think that's a big part of Twilight's appeal too. Sparkly sex appeal aside, you've got a group of people who stay together because of love. The real world and readers' families are dysfunctional places, and they want to believe there's a place they belong-- especially if it's an awesome place where magic, money, body glitter or some combination thereof can make your every wish come true.

Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.


  1. I haven't read Looking For Alaska yet, but I LOVED the Hermione/Ron one.

    And I <3 the Weasleys :)

  2. Hermione and Ron, hands down. J.K. waited for the perfect moment. Everything's crumbling around them, and Ron FINALLY shows some concern for the house elves. Brilliance. That moment shined.

    And yes, Molly Weasley had the BEST LINE EVER in ... I think the whole darn series. She's fantastic.

    I'm only a closet romantic, and I generally don't go for the mushy stuff... but this post totally got me into the mood to reread Harry Potter!

  3. Yay for the Weasley family! And I thought about Seth, too, in his hot train-house. Good pick.

  4. I need to go reread that Harry Potter, esp before the movie comes out. I haven't read it since the night it released, and I feel out of the loop.

  5. Ha, yes! I laughed out loud at "that" line in DH. And the Hermione/Ron thing was greatness.

  6. Ron/Hermione was one of my first favorite pairings, and I waited forever for them to get together, and that scene certainly didn't disappoint! :D


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