Warning: Alliteration, straight ahead...
Today's Trending Teen Topics
Think you know what they are? I did too. And then I did some basic research and discovered...
Yep, I do in fact know what teens think about. I'd like to say it's because I was a teacher and worked with both middle and high schoolers. But that isn't why. It's really because not much has changed since I was a teen myself.
Clearly, that information was from a very macro viewpoint. Just because teens are thinking about most of the same things I was as a teen (way back in the day, sigh) does not mean that they're reacting to those thoughts in the same ways. But that's for a different post for a different day =)
Just as clearly, there are tons of other things teens face/think about. Romance, sexual orientation, sex, drugs, breakups, jealousy, friends, popularity, music, fashion, hygiene--the list could go on and on. I would have added everything I could think of to the vlog, but I wanted to stick with the things teens actually wrote about (most recently) at the sites I visited.
So if you're a YA writer, does this mean you have to write those topics into your plots? Of course not. But I really believe you'll capture a more accurate teen Voice if you stay aware of the things they're facing/thinking about today.
What'd you think? Anything surprise you in the vlog?
PS. The sites I researched for today's video were:
- TeenInk.com--A national teen magazine, book series, and website devoted entirely to teenage writing, art, photos and forums. Students must be age 13-19 to participate
- TeenVoices.com--A website/magazine by, for, and about teen girls.
The music in the vlog: David Garrett playing Smooth Criminal. Isn't he amazing???