Another excellent day at YALC. Katy Haye had fun at the “Friendship in YA” panel, which featured Sarra Manning, Sara Barnard and Holly Bourne. They made some good points about the importance and durability of friendship during teen years – these relationships often last far longer than boyfriends who come and go!
Pia Fenton went along to the “Soundtrack of YA” panel, featuring Non Pratt, Sophia Bennett and Chris Russell, which was chaired by Simon Mayo.
They were all inspired by music but had very different tastes. Chris is in a band himself but likes things like Bon Jovi. Non is into obscure punk bands, while Sophia is inspired by songwriters like Lennon and McCartney.
All said bands in books have to feel real to reader as if they exist and we could hear their music. But they mustn’t be too specific – that way the reader can impose own taste.
Non had done research for Remix by going to a music festival, finding a feeling of camaraderie in being a fan – and in a mosh pit if you fall down people help you up (Remix made us think a bit of Piranha Gill-Marie Stewart’s Music and Lies – although the approach each author took to the music festival setting is very different!).
We also had more time to enjoy the fabulous costumes, talk to fellow book lovers, and have a couple of fan girl moments!