Okay, so a bunch of authors have agreed to blog about one of our favorite topics today: hot guys!
Gah! It’s just so much cuteness!
Where was I? Oh, right. Hot guys.
So I spend a lot of my time thinking about what makes a guy attractive. It’s one of the things I love most about my job. And while I know some people may scoff and start muttering to themselves something along the lines of this girl needs to get a life, just hear me out.
I think what we read does affect the way we live. Which isn’t to say that after reading Harry Potter you should try to play quidditich.
But I do think that books (and movies) send strong messages to their readership about how men and women should behave. So when I write my novels I definitely spend a lot of time trying to find the line between confidence (hot) and arrogance (erm, no).
It’s surprisingly hard!
I think most people agree that Edward Cullen overdoes it with Bella by being on the creepy side of protective. But wanting to make sure that your friends, you know, live to see the ending?
So when I first started writing I had this small epiphany. I like my guys the way I like my girls: witty, snarky, flawed, and willing to fight for what they believe in.
And yeah, that means I like my guys to have some personal damage. That’s what makes them feel real to me. It’s also what makes me fall in love with them. If Logan Beckett wasn’t so touchy about needing a tutor, I wouldn’t have been able to finish writing Awkward. I would’ve stared at the screen and yelled “Stop being so freaking perfect all the time!”
Because perfection is boring.
But you’re here for the pictures of hot guys, right? So let’s begin!
Um, swoon! I think it’s the grin. It’s part confident and part sweet and full on adorable! Small confession: Zach Gilford is the reason I watched Friday Night Lights. Larger confession: I didn’t exactly watch Friday Night Lights. I skipped the football stuff so I could get to the good parts. You know, like every scene with Zach Gilford sans football uniform.
Although I soon learned that watching only the high school drama parts of Friday Night Lights earns a girl absolutely no cool points with the members of her college football team.
Still…while Zach has just the right amount of adorable, I think he’s too old to play Logan. The guy was pushing believability as a high school student even back with Friday Night Lights was on the air.
So let’s check out a different FNL hottie:
If you’re wondering why I seem oddly fixated with the guys from this show, I’d like to point out that that they managed to get the largest collection of hot unknown actors to join the cast.
Like Grey Damon.
I’m a little afraid to post a picture of him here since YA rockstar Brigid Kemmerer has told me (repeatedly) that he belongs to her. She may have told me to stop ogling her protagonist without permission. Although, I think her exact words were: MINE, MARNI. MINE MINE MINE.
But…can’t look away! So. Much. Hotness.
Damn. The good ones always go quickly. Which is why I’m staking my claim right now on…
For the record: the name thing is a total coincidence. I did not have him in mind when I wrote Awkward. He’s ridiculously perfect for the role though. The sexy smirk? Check. The effortless hot factor?
Um, yeah. I think he has that too!
I didn’t stumble across Logan Lerman until I was writing Decked with Holly (my holiday sequel spin-off which will be released this September!) and that’s when I fell under his spell.
Here’s the embarrassing part.
I made a collage. To be fair, it’s not all devoted to Logan Lerman. I used it to plot out the novel and…it looks like I’m a stalker.
(Hey Logan. Um, just in case you’re reading this…I swear, I’m not a deranged fan. Really.)
I took this picture a year ago and as you can see not a lot has changed.
Yeah…it’s still pretty embarrassing. But the collage totally helped! Decked with Holly is the funniest of my novels and since I’m still swooning over Nick Wyatt, I must have done something right. For those of you who read the teaser at the end of Awkward, I pictured Emma Roberts playing Holly and Molly Quinn as Jen.
Although I’m always interested in hearing who you would cast in those roles!
I don’t want to spoil anything for future readers so I’m going to attempt casting three of my favorite YA hotties:
1. Rob Wilkins from Meg Cabot’s 1-800-WHERE-R-U series.
(A young Ian Somerhalder!)
Why is he hot? Well, there’s the dark mussed hair, the piercing blue eyes, the confidence, oh, and the motorcycle! He’s a good guy who is willing to break into a government compound to bust out the girl he met in detention. Rob might not be good when it comes to actually discussing his feelings, but he’s always solid in a crisis.
2. Ash from Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series.
Okay, so this is kind of cheating because I know Julie so I’m 95% sure she would cast…
Ben Barnes! (I’m guessing she likes his hair longer, but I think it’s sexier this way.
So what makes Ash sexy? Correction: what makes Ash so sexy that he distracted me from the wildlife in Africa?
For starters, he’s a prince among faeries. He’s got a sly smile, a quick wit, and he’s a crazy good kisser.
Or so I’ve read.
He’s also noble and sweet, with a sensitive streak that I find utterly charming.
Which brings us to our final hottie!
3. Colin from Torn and Tangled by Erica O’Rourke.
Not sure if Erica will agree with me about the casting (I’ll be sure to post her response) but here’s why I think Matthew Goode captures Colin’s off-the-charts sexiness.
He’s got that skeptical look, which makes you rethink decisions…but he’s also going to back you no matter what happens.
Colin has made some decisions in the past that are making his life very difficult in the present. And the fact that he’s hired to bodyguard a girl seeking vengeance for the death or her best friend isn’t going to help matters. But he does what he thinks is right and that’s why I’m completely in love with him.
Plus he’s ridiculously sexy.
(Side note: Jenn Rush (author of Altered and Bot Wars) believes that Colin is destined for disappointment. She thinks Luc will get the girl in the end…but she couldn’t be more wrong. I think. Poor Erica will have to listen to a lot of grumbling no matter what happens!)
Anyhow, that’s all the sexiness I can handle right now!
I hope you join the conversation by tweeting with the hashtag #HottiesofLit today! Or if you don’t feel comfortable with Twitter, maybe you can leave a picture of a hot guy here for me? I’ve got a novel to write and I can always use some hot male inspiration!
P.S. Don’t forget to check out these blogs for more hotness!
Jenn Rush’s Blog
Brigid Kemmerer’s Blog
Julie Kagawa’s Blog