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Sixteen-year-old Bentley Royce seems to have it all: an actual Bentley, tuition to a fancy private school, lavish vacations, and everything else that comes along with being an LA starlet. But after five seasons on her family's reality show, Rolling with the Royces, and a lifetime of dealing with her narcissistic sister, Porsche, media-obsessed mother, Mercedes, and somewhat clueless brother, Maybach, Bentley wants out. Luckily for her, without a hook for season six, cancellation is looming and freedom is nigh. With their lifestyle on the brink, however, Bentley's family starts to crumble, and one thing becomes startlingly clear--without the show, there is no family. And since Bentley loves her family, she has to do the unthinkable--save the show. But when her future brother-in-law's car goes over a cliff with both Bentley and her sister's fianc inside-on the day of the big made-for-TV wedding, no less-things get real.
Really real. Like, not reality show real.
Told in a tongue-in-cheek voice that takes a swipe at all things Hollywood, Royce Rolls is a laugh-out-loud funny romp with an LA noir twist about what it means to grow up with the cameras rolling and what really happens behind the scenes.
Psychology Today says that we watch reality TV because we like “to fantasize about gaining status through automatic fame”. But, the fame always comes with a price. As I read Royce Rolls, I couldn’t help but think about other YA characters who achieved a level of fame for just being themselves. Their roads to fame were different — some were born into fame and others found themselves famous because of something that happened to them, but they all have one thing in common, the fame interferes with their every day life.
The first one I thought of is none other than Harry Potter, the Boy who Lived. Harry didn’t ask for fame. He miraculously survived Voldermort’s attack and that’s what made him famous. Don’t we all love those moments in Sorcerer’s Stone where he’s not aware of how very famous he is in the magical world? For me, some of the best parts of Cursed Child were glimpses into how the survivors of Deathly Hallows have dealt with their notoriety.
Katniss Everdeen. Oh my goodness, talk about your reality TV show star. Or should I just say survivor? One of the things that kept pages turning for me in the Hunger Games trilogy was the absolutely perfect depiction of Katniss’ post-traumatic stress and survivor’s guilt in Catching Fire and Mockingjay. Often times, we don’t get to see the fallout of the great battle, but in this series we do and the impact of reading about it is still with me today.
In The Mortal Instruments series, our unlikely hero is Clary Fray, a girl who doesn’t realize she‘s a Shadowhunter and a famous one at that. Clary’s father, the infamous Valentine Morgenstern, caused the biggest battle in Shadowhunter history. His experiments gave Clary and her brothers powers that hadn’t been seen before in their world, but those powers came at a price. In the follow up to the six books of The Mortal Instruments, The Dark Artifices, we get to see the characters after the battles and how younger characters react to them. It still makes me smile to know that Jace and Clary have a fan base of sorts.
One of my favorite accidentally-famous characters is Audrey from Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway. I love the way that story is written, because I’m a huge fan of pop music, and I’ve always wondered how those songs with names in them got written. When Audrey breaks up with her musician boyfriend, and he utters that famous phrase, “Audrey, wait!” , a hit is born. A one-hit wonder. Audrey becomes famous by association, and she is haunted by journalists and paparazzi. If you’re a fan of contemporary stories, and you haven’t read this one, yet, you must, must, MUST drop everything and read it now.
Who are the characters you think of who became famous whether by birth or by doing something extraordinary? Do you ever think about how they deal with their level of infamy?
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author Margaret Stohl got her start as the head of the Dark is Rising fan club in third grade in a highly gifted magnet school in Los Angeles. Going on to study at a creative writing program at UEA Norwich, England, and to write and direct an autobiographical one-act play at Amherst College—where she founded the school’s first women’s literary magazine, Madness This—Margaret knew she was a writer.
After optioning two feature screenplays to Nickelodeon Pictures and Clasky-Csupo, Margaret began a sixteen-year career in videogames, co-founding 7 Studios game developer with her husband Lewis Peterson, and contributing to both Marvel’s Spiderman (ActivisionBlizzard) and Fantastic Four (7 Studios / ActivisonBlizzard) among many other titles—Dune 2000; Command & Conquer Red Alert Retaliation; Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of Jack Sparrow; to name a few.
When Margaret co-wrote the first of the internationally bestselling Beautiful Creatures novels (published in nearly fifty countries, named Amazon’s top teen book of 2009, short-listed for the ALA’s 2009 Morris award, and released as a feature film from Warner Brothers) on a dare from her three daughters, she fell even more in love with teen culture. Her first sci-fi series, Icons, is now in development as a feature film with Alcon Entertainment. Her Black Widow series from Disney Publishing (Black Widow: Forever Red and Black Widow: Red Vengeance) is a welcome chance to rock a strong female character and to return to her beloved Marvel roots. She is also writing the Mighty Captain Marvel comics.
If asked, Margaret will tell you that the Women of Marvel panel at New York Comicon was the greatest single hour of her life, and that she fangirls all girls who read comics. As a co-founder of YALLFEST, the biggest YA book festival in the country, and its offspring YALLWEST, Margaret believes her readers are her kindred spirits and her tribe.
Margaret lives in Santa Monica with her husband, who builds drones and robots, and her three daughters, who are competitive epee fencers—and who, like Natasha Romanov, have always known how to rescue themselves.