I just re-read yesterday's post, and in so doing discovered a topic for today. I was going to rant about how I have yet to read Mockingjay and am scared stiff that I'm going to read a spoiler somewhere, but, well, I'll save it.
Here's what I want to know: When did Daniel, age 18-21ish, become a man, and why is Ivolet, age 16-18ish, a girl? (And we'll discuss the fact that I don't know old they are...later.)
I mean, this sounds slightly wrong, because, yes, they have a romantic relationship. The man fell in love with a girl. The girl fell in love with a man. There's something...not right about this.
I did say he was a young man.
But I can't bring myself to call him a boy. It makes my girl sound immature - to fall in love with a mere boy. Neither can I call her a woman. She's a teen, for goodness' sake! This is YA! I'm not writing chick lit, here!
I have a feeling this scenario comes up more often than we YA authors care to admit. Young man, not a boy. Girl, not a woman. What's the answer, the secret? Or is youngman/girl completely acceptable and only sound weird when you take the time to look? Has anyone else come across this and wondered what was going on?
I feel like there's some culture laws here. Thoughts on the westernization of romance? Because, 'back in the old days,' we'd have bigger age gaps and less discussion about said gap.