Which world does your YA alter ego belong to?
July 20, 2012 | Comments: 2 Comments
One of the great things about teen reads is the diversity of settings. Books can take place next door, in a fantasy world, in the past or future, and sometimes not even on earth. We’ve all read those stories where we think we belong in the book’s world more than our own. (Is anyone else still convinced that their acceptance letter to wizarding school got lost in the mail?) Take this quiz to find out where your YA alter ego belongs!
1. You and your friends are playing M.A.S.H. What do you hope you get?
A. Mansion. It’s like where I already live, but fancier and more exciting.
B. Apartment. I like efficient uses of space. Besides, in the future everyone will live in cities, so we should get used to it!
C. Shack. Really any shelter at all is better than nothing. Think how much worse things could be!
D. House. Why change a classic?
E. Castle. Yeah, it wasn’t an option originally, but I’m making an executive decision.
2. When you zone out during class, what do you daydream about?
A. I like to imagine having a superpower…. I’m still trying to decide whether I would rather be able to fly or become invisible.
B. I think a lot about the future. Technology is advancing so quickly that it’s hard to imagine what will come next!
C. I dream about the outdoors. I feel cooped up sometimes—humans were meant to survive in the wild, not sit around all day in a classroom.
D. I think about my life… my plans for the future, a conversation I just had that I’m still trying to figure out, my friends and my family.
E. I imagine beautiful people and fancy places—the kind of stuff you find in fairytales.
3. Great books often have a great love story. What do you look for in a partner?
A. Someone who accepts me for who I am, in spite of any… abnormal traits that might freak out other people.
B. I want someone with skills and intelligence. The kind of person who likes to figure out a good puzzle, or take things apart just to see how they work.
C. Brains and brawn, but mostly brawn. I want a lover and a fighter.
D. A best friend-turned-more. Someone I can go the movies with, talk about school, and generally click with.
E. Looks, charm, and charisma. A little money and power wouldn’t hurt, either.
4. If it were up to you, what would people wear day-to-day?
A. Honestly, I wish people could wear whatever they wanted without being judged. If you want to wear jeans and I want to wear a cloak, is it really that big a deal?
B. Let’s take all the best parts of fashion history and put them together. I’m talking leather, big boots, chunky watches, and maybe some lace and ballgowns.
C. Sturdy, practical clothes that can get dirty and survive all sorts of weather.
D. What’s wrong with what people wear now?
E. People should dress for the life they want! That’s why I wear a crown.
5. What does your ideal vacation look like?
A. I would want something thrilling. Life can be stressful, so I’d want something exciting to take my mind off of my day-to-day worries.
B. I would want to check out a bunch of museums—especially science and history museums.
C. Camping! I like the idea of roughing it.
D. A change of scene, somewhere sunny… maybe the beach or mountains?
E. Europe please! There is so much culture. I love the buildings and the sense of history.
Read more to see what your score says about your YA alter-ego
Mostly A’s – Urban Fantasy
You want to shake things up! Urban Fantasy is our world… with a twist. You think you’re living a normal life when suddenly you find out you have magic powers, or maybe an animal starts talking to you, or you walk down the street and a ghost starts walking next to you. Check out Alexandra Adornetto’s Halo series, or the upcoming Necromancing the Stone.
Mostly B’s – Futuristic
You belong in the future, when technology is even more advanced than it is today. Space exploration? Teleportation devices? Anything is possible. Sure, the government might be a little crazy, what with all the genetic engineering, but everything just seems so darn cool. Check out the upcoming Crewel for a dose of complex futurism, or Cinder and its forthcoming sequel Scarlet for some high-tech fairy tales.
Mostly C’s – Dystopian/Apocalyptic
Humanity is going along fine when… something happens. It could be global warming, it could be political upheaval, it could be a freak accident—whatever it is, humans are back to basics and every day is a question of survival. You like the idea of people without civilization, so check out After the Snow, Monument 14, Enclave and its upcoming sequel, Outpost.
Mostly D’s – Realism
There are enough compelling stories out in our own world to satisfy you. You are interested in people’s lives today, especially people your own age. There is a lot of diversity within this setting! Maybe you want the tale of a city-dwelling heiress, in which case you might check out 52 Reasons to Hate My Father. Or maybe you want something grittier, like Before You Go or My Book of Life By Angel.
Mostly E’s – High Fantasy
Spells and royalty, balls and wars. You belong in an epic world, with high stakes and high society. Check out Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone, set in the Russia-like land of Ravka. Or if you want something that feels even more traditional, pick up The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, or its equally long-titled sequel, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Lead the Revels There.
Where do you belong? And what other types of worlds do you like to read about?