The thing is, the Internet community is often an important consideration in the promotion of books (especially with YA). So, surely, we should keep the Internet community in mind when writing our books, right?
Alright, maybe it’s a moot point; it’s quite possible that the tastes of the Internet community—our own tastes—could actually be the same as the teenagers we write for. But what are the odds? Hannah said it best: “Are the boys we swoon over the ones THEY find hot?”
I know I’ve definitely wondered about this issue myself. But it was particularly interesting to me that Hannah was the one that posed these questions, especially considering that she is a teenager herself—albeit a gifted, well respected author (and an amazing writer), so hardly an average teenager. But if she (being perhaps closer to the target audience than a good many of us) is not always sure of what teenagers want, how could those of us long since removed from adolescence possibly know? And is this why we might delude ourselves into thinking that what we want is what they want?
Perhaps all we can really do is give it our best shot, like really dig deep and listen to that seventeen year old voice inside our heads—and hope our future sales will show us we were on the right track.
Then again, does it matter? If you can sell “YA” books and be successful no matter who you’re targeting as the main audience, does it make a difference who you are writing for?
Actually, that thought kind of scares me. But what do you think?