Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Monkey Steals Peaches!
If you didn't already know, my husband are both martial arts enthusiasts. I'm not very high ranked, like my Hubby, but that doesn't mean I appreciate the sport any less. I found the above image of the martial arts move, "Monkey Steals Peaches", after leafing through a bunch of Hubby's books.
Since that day, when I lose my temper I'll often shout, "Monkey Steals Peaches!" It's become my own personal cuss word. And with a toddler in the house that repeats EVERYTHING, the need for incognito cuss words is very important.
Which got me thinking, how do you address cursing in books for young adults? Personally, I'm not a fan of cursing, but it's real. A group of teens walked into Panera Bread the other day while I was sitting there editing, and every other word out of their mouth was the "F" bomb.
So, while I may not be a fan of cursing, I'll use it in instances of extreme drama/tension/pain. In KATANA, my character is chased out of a biker bar by some women who are pretty peeved that Rileigh knocked one of their friends out cold. Needless to say, if they were shouting things like, "You're not very nice!" the scene would have fallen flat.
So how do you deal with curse words when writing for the YA audience? I would love to hear your thoughts.
Oh, and if you're wondering what's so bad about Monkey Steals Peaches that makes it curse word worthy - here's the application *hee*: