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