Bonjour, YA Highway readers! I'm writing to you from a Wifi-enabled cafe in the center of Paris. My travel/backpacking partner is currently composing some postcards; I wanted to take this chance to talk to you guys in the middle of the most exciting trip I've ever been on. We have to leave for le Centre Pompidou (modern art museum) soon, so I'll be quick... but I'll hopefully get something meaningful across!
Ever since it started in London last week, this trip has been wow-worthy - probably because everything is so NEW. When you're a little kid, everything is new and exciting. But as you get older, things start to get slightly stale. Isn't this the same thing you've always seen and done? Maybe it's technically new, but... haven't you done something similar before? Where is the adventure?
Well, it's rare - real adventure in life is rare. And the standard for it rises after little-kid-dom. It seems like in YA, a lot of plots consist of the teenage main character going on their first, high-standard Grand Adventure. Whether said adventure takes place across the world (yay!), or right at home (perhaps dealing with a challenge beyond normal scope), the character will: A) stake out on their own, B) face down obstacles, C) experience new exhilaration, and D) gain an exciting new viewpoint.
I'm unbelievably happy to say that I think this trip counts as my Grand Adventure. There are no adults present, which makes me the adult, responsible for my own problems. This side of the world is SO new and amazing - it's across an ocean! And I can already feel myself changing from the experience... in a good way.
What was your first Grand Adventure? Have you had one? IMO, it's never too late. Does your favorite YA main character have one? What about the main character in your book? Paris is my new favorite city in the world (it's so incredibly beautiful!), and I can't wait to check out Venice and Rome either (three weeks of backpacking total). Love, hugs, and more love from Paris. Yay!!