Monday, September 19, 2011
Cool Parents: Myth or Reality
Not sure how I feel about the cool parents, though, both as someone who likes to read and write young adult stories. Anyone who writes and reads a lot of young adult knows that lots of time spent character-building the parents is usually a no-no. Teenagers don't want to read about anyone over the age of 25 (probably over 18, to be safe) and, seriously, do you blame them? That said, there seems to be a constant trend in movies and books for teenagers to always have cool parents, if they even exist at all, as absent and/or dead parents are quite common too in young adult stories.
My question: How believable are the cool parents? The ones who act like they're perpetually in their 20's, act like buddies and peers to their kids, and always seem to understand the latest in kid trends. Do they work because teenagers--the obvious audience for young adult stories--prefer to read about the cool parents or do they actually exist in the real world?