Today’s RTW question from YA Highway is: What non-YA character would you love to see star in a YA book as themselves?
This is a fun question because Young Adult is the best! When I’m not reading teen novels I tend towards older classics—Austen, Brontës, Hardy. Yet many of those books, Pride and Prejudice or Jane Eyre for example, are basically YA: a girl in her late teens or early twenties falls in love and ends up with the man of her dreams. The main difference being that the ‘happily ever after’ of a 17th or 18th-century novel is marriage while today in contemporary novels we (normally!) stick to dating. So although Emma Woodhouse or Bathsheba Everdene would make fascinating YA heroines, they more or less already are. But there are plenty of adult or side characters from classic novels that could make for interesting teen protagonists—Rochester’s younger exploits, even before the (non PG-13 rated) adventures he tells to Jane. Or the story of the teenaged Rebecca and Mrs. Danvers. It could be a very creepy psychological thriller!
Are there any other adult characters from classic literature that you’d like to in a staring role in a teen book?