Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Swoons

Designed by Skylar Finn
It's another spectacular Sunday and so it's time for another sweet edition of Sunday Swoons! Remember it's more fun if you join the party and you are free to take the topic/theme in any direction you want to! Have fun with it! 

If you're just joining the party, Sunday Swoons is an original feature hosted by Skylar Finn @ Life of a Random and myself, wherein  we chat about a different swoon worthy topic every Sunday. 

1. You're welcome to use the button Skylar designed as long as you cite her as the source/give her all the loving credit she deserves! 

2. You can post in whatever style you would like: list, discussion, etc. as long as what you are talking about goes with the topic for the week.

3. You either must follow the topic given OR you can do a post on the opposite of the topic we give. (Example: Our topic-- Top 5 Favorite Couples, Your topic-- Top 5 Least Favorite Couples.)

4. Your posts don't have to have anything to do with books you are reading right now. If you reference specific books, they can be past or older reads. (It's nice if you put in the Goodreads link to the book, or another site that will take readers to the book's synopsis, cover, and other information.)

5. Please remember to link back to us in your post, giving us credit for the feature! Also, you can add your link to the link-up tool at either of our posts ( it may only work on mine the first time because we are still working that part out.). 

This week's topic is: The Friend Factor in Relationships: How other friends fit into main characters's relationships and what affect they can have.

I'm kind of fudging with how well my post fits the topic, but I really have been wanting to discuss this and since it is related to the topic I'm rolling with it and maybe I'll throw a little something else in too that fits the topic better. It depends on how long the post is looking like it is going to be.


One thing I've noticed lately in a lot of more "cookie-cutter," (as I like to call them) type YA books, is that there is always one girl friend or the main character, usually their very bestfriend, that is a total guy magnet, and flirtatious and/or provocative, maybe not all the time but whenever there is a hottie involved.

I've never understood why the main character can't be the confident, flirtatious and score all the guys they want. I also feel like it would be really hard to be the bestfriend of someone with such a strong personality like that. (Not that the personality is strong but that the personality is so strong AND made up almost entirely of the qualities mentioned previously.) It can't be good for the self confidence at least for certain types of people. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that these characters aren't like certain real people, or that they are bad for others, I'm simply pointing out that you have to have a certain amount of self-confidence not to feel inferior, at least to a small degree, to such a confident well loved person.

I'll admit it, I actually love these characters. They don't at all bother me, I don't have any problems with them. I just start to wonder things, like the questions brought up earlier, why is it never the main character with that kind of personality? Obviously if the main character didn't have the right kind of personality to get along with their firecracker bestfriend without conflict or other emotional repercussions and deeper issues in the relationship. Why do we never see any of this in books? I mean they can't all be perfect matches of personalities.

How do you feel about these characters? What patterns and repercussions have you noticed?


Uffda, as much as I would love to talk about something else that fits the topic better or make a list of examples of something, but I just don't have the energy to, sorry guys. I guess I'm keepin' it short today.

Next weeks topic is.... Couples on Covers!


  1. This is SO true. It's really rare for that kind of personality to be a MC instead of the bestie but I have read one book that had a confident, flirty MC-- Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout I believe. I really got to like that character as the book went on. :)

    1. I wish there were more of them! They are so much fun! Ooo! I liked that book a lot!