My novel, Tempting in Shade (like the way I keep repeating its title? Marketing LOL), follows several characters. You’ve already been introduced to the wizard Verdant PÃ¨lerin, the Pilot responsible for the portal or Lock that people use for entering the domain of Shade. Another character that I follow is Pari Azar, a 16 year old “witch” going on her initiation (her Tempting) among the people of Shade.
In reviewing my novel I am struck by how much I treat Pari as a person-on-a-mission but not as a 16 year old girl. Some would say this is good, that I am not being sexist. But I wonder whether in doing so I am missing something in my characterisation. I did try reading Twilight but found the teen angst over boys way too… unbearable. But is that what I need to inject? I’ve trawled forums and blogs about teenage girl issues and besides more teen angst I’ve found the whole fat/thin issue. A bit scared to enter this. Also breast size pops up a lot (too big, too small, everyone looks at them, no one looks at them, and so on). Friend issues also abound, but people of any age and gender have friendship issues. Perhaps if I go with either weight issues or breast-size issues, would that be acceptable and less painful than having Pari struggle with boy-problems? I think this insofar as it acknowledges her as a teenage girl without plunging me into an entire love-interest/angst subplot.
Or should I just ignore all this and go with Pari with nothing specifically teenage-girl about her?
Does anyone have any suggestions? Opinions? Am I being sexist in even thinking all this?!? I just want to write a realistic teenage girl! Arrgghh!