It’s Road Trip Wednesday time again! You know the drill by now: someone from YA Highway posts the question, and we all respond on our blogs. We then post a link to our blog responses in the YA Highway comments, and then spend the day reading and commenting on each other’s answers. Well, maybe not the whole day. I guess it depends how busy you are, how close you are to that editorial deadline, how big that pile of laundry is, etc.
Here’s what they’re asking today at YA Highway: “A long-awaited kiss, a surprise ending, a character’s sudden decision… these are the moments that make us smile, gasp, and LOVE a book for the rest of our lives. What is your favorite literary moment?”
I think for me, it’s those game-changing moments. The big reveal. It might be a secret you’ve known about for pages that the MC is just about to find out, or it may be a surprise to everyone. The “You’re a wizard, Harry!” moment. Even though we knew that before opening the book, for Harry that was the moment he knew, after years of abuse and neglect, that he really was special. Or the moment in GOBLET OF FIRE, when Harry and Cedric grabbed the goblet–and it’s a portkey! Woah! Did you see that coming? That was a good example of the unexpected game-changer (for me, anyway). Another example of the “we knew this all along, but this is going to be a big reveal for someone else” moment that I enjoy was the moment in GOLIATH, the third book in Scott Westerfeld’s LEVIATHAN series, when Deryn tells Alek that she’s a girl (that shouldn’t be a spoiler–if you’ve read the blurbs you knew that was coming). If you know nothing about this series, you may wonder what the fuss is about. Read the Goodreads blurb on LEVIATHAN and you’ll understand. Then buy the series and read them. They’re excellent!
Okay, so there’s my answer. How about you? What’s your favorite literary moment? You can answer here, or better still, answer on your blog (if you have one), and post a link to it on the YA Highway blog.