Today we welcome made-of-awesome adult and YA writer, Trish Milburn to the Welcome Wednesday spot. Our theme is "Teen Lover, Where are Youuuu?" and we're talking about the lessons we learned from teen love. Take it away, Trish...
The Love You Least Expect
There’s something very powerful about falling in love in your teens. Even if it doesn’t end up being the forever kind of love, and it often isn’t, it certainly feels like that at the time. I think that’s why I still really love teen-centric stories, whether they’re books, TV shows or movies. You get to see and experience vicariously that intensity of first love all over again.
Interestingly, my two favorite kinds of teen romance stories are the “opposites attract” and “best friends fall in love” storylines. They suck me in every time.
One of my favorite opposites-attract stories is the movie 10 Things I Hate About You with Julia Stiles and the late Heath Ledger. Here you have the story of the super-smart but snarky Kat Stratford falling for the bad boy Patrick Verona. And even though Patrick is initially paid to get Kat to go out with him so her younger sister can date, he finds there’s a lot more to Kat than her thorny exterior. He starts falling for her, so it’s even more devastating for them both when Kat finds out the truth. Thankfully, they work it out in the end, but the movie shows the importance of not lying to the person you like and not assuming your true love can’t possibly someone way different than you.
Another movie that falls into this category is The Prince and Me, again with Julia Stiles, this time starring opposite Luke Mably. It’s actually a mixture of the opposites attract and friends falling in love types of stories. Julia plays Paige, a farmer’s daughter and pre-med student in Wisconsin who is very serious about her studies. Luke plays Eddie, another college student who is actually a prince in hiding and seemingly only interested in girls and having a good time. They initially become friends, but it blossoms into something more. Again, a lie comes between them when Paige discovers Eddie is a prince. Can you get more opposite than a girl who grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and the Prince of Denmark?
A new show that I’m currently enjoying is Jane by Design. Jane is a teenage girl who, through a case of mistaken identity, ends up living a double life as a smart high school student and an assistant to a bigwig in the fashion world. While she has potential love interests in the hot jock at school and the playboy designer at work, I’m really hoping that toward the end of the show’s run she realizes that the perfect guy for her is actually her best friend, Billy. He is the best friend ever, helping her conceal her double life any way he can, listening when she needs to vent, giving her a shoulder to cry on during the hard times. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that he’s cute. I personally think the strongest love stories are the ones that start with friendship, so I suspect/hope that Jane and Billy are destined for each other.
Trish Milburn’s first book in the new Coven trilogy, White Witch, will be available soon from Bell Bridge Books. It’s the story of Jax Pherson, a dark witch on the run from her coven because she wants nothing more than to live a normal life as a normal teenage girl. Trish previously published two YA titles under the name Tricia Mills, Heartbreak River and Winter Longing.
You can learn more about Trish by visiting her website, checking her out on Facebook, and on Twitter.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Trish! I must admit I loved me some Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate about You and Julia Stiles is great in everything she does.
Okay, now it's your turn, gentle readers. Are you a fan of either of these types of romances? What is it about them that you think makes them work so well?