Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Christa Talks To The Teens....He Said/She Said

I am ABSOLUTELY delighted to have had two teens offer to be part of my interview series this month. A boy and a girl. They are both awesome (although very different as you will see) and I am so grateful they took time to answer my crazy questions. (Also, there's an awesome giveaway at the end of the interview so make sure to leave a comment).

Without further ado, I present the color-coded He Said/ She Said version of "Christa Talks To The Teen."

Christa: What are your thoughts on dark/edgy/violent books, games, movies, etc.? 

He said: I don't think it really affects teens if they don't take it too seriously.
She said: As long as it's plausible, I don't mind it- because let's face it, we teens are pretty crazy most of the time. 

Christa: Average age most of your friends had their first drink?

He said: 16?
She said: I remember some of my friends telling me they'd sneak liquor from their parents' cabinets around grade 8-9. After that it's like, duh, we all drink. It seems like I'm one of the only people who doesn't.

Christa: How accessible are drugs/alcohol in your high school?

He said: If you know who's got it, you most likely can get some.
She said: Where I live, it's kind of a rough area, so drugs are ridiculously accessible. In fact, our school has a bad history because of some acid thing that went of a few years ago that nobody likes to talk about.

Christa: Do any of your friends have e-readers (like a Kindle)? Do they ever read books on their phones?

He said: No. And not that I know of.
She said: Nope, because most of my friends don't read. At all. It's sad, but true. As for books on phones- probably not. The most they do on phones related to reading/writing is Facebook; Twitter if they're funny. :(

Christa: Do any of your guy friends read for fun?

He said: Not really. Pretty much the same situation I mentioned in the earlier interview
She said: No. Although I do remember a couple of guy friends liking The Outsiders (which we read for class). Wait, now that I think about it- a friend's boyfriend was getting one of those Warriors books- that middle-grade series about cats in the wild. He hid it behind his back when I saw him though. *shakes head*

Christa: Go look at the Hunger Games trailer. Chick flick or no?

He said: Not really.
She said: SO NOT A CHICK FLICK! (Although I have nothing against chick flicks.) I hope not, at least. It looks kickass to me.

Christa: How many Harry Potter books have you read?

He said: Zero
(Christa side note: *sad sigh* *shakes head*)
She said: All of them. Multiple times.

Christa: Could you ever be convinced to do a book club?

He said: Yes. If we talked about it for ten minutes and then watched football. Food would also need to be supplied.
She said: Nah. I think that as a book blogger, I already get to share and discuss my thoughts on books without having an obligation to finish a book. So many books, and nowhere near enough time. 

Christa: Best movie you saw in 2011?

He said: Horrible Bosses, Harry Potter, Hangover 2
She said: I mostly watch Bollywood movies, so I'll tell you the BEST move ever (one that I re-watched in 2011, so it counts, right?): My Name Is Khan. And for anyone curious about Bollywood, My Name Is Khan is a great movie to get you started because you won't be too disoriented. No random dance numbers. No melodramatic acting.
And as for a movie that came out in 2011- Delhi Belly, also a Bolly movie. I haven't watched all of it since my parents consider "shit" a bad word and the movie has so many f-bombs that the fast forward button would die from overuse. BUT it's the first movie of its kind from our conservative India. And it's mostly English. And very popular with the youth. We're moving away from the same old love stories! Yay!

Christa: Of these four book covers, pick your favorite. 

He said: I like It's Kind Of A Funny Story. These are way better than those kissing books you had last time. 
She said: I LOVE Perks of Being a Wallflower. It's so different and cute and perfect for the story.

I <3 my teens so very much!!! I can't even tell you how much fun this was. I hope that they come back and do it again. 

COMPLETELY UNRELATED AND RANDOM GIVEAWAY: If you live in the U.S. and make a comment on this blog, I'll enter you for a chance to win one of my sister-in-law's gorgeous Tree Of Life necklaces. Contest ends next Monday (1/16).


Anonymous said...

Great questions and answers! I love how guys' answers are always so quick and to the point while the girls' answers go more in-depth. ;) (Those necklaces, btw, are friggin' gorgeous.)

Re: Harry Potter...I'm determined to start at the beginning and try reading again. I sort of disowned the series year ago after OotP when they killed off my favorite character. *cough* But I already know how it plays out so I suppose I'll have another go at the books.

Miranda Hardy said...

I wouldn't have picked either of those covers. Goes to show the difference in taste. Great questions.

Jennie Bennett said...

Those are so pretty! Funny how the guy picked that cover, it was my favorite too :)

Doug said...

Great responses! When I hear zero interest in reading I wonder if their parent/parents read around them. Ever. Our son is 12 and certainly lists interest in reading below playing "Addicting Games". BUT, when he takes time to read (mostly because his parents are reading too and have booted him off of the computer), he really gets into good stories. Recent favorite series was Cynthia Voigt's Tillerman cycle.

Emily R. King said...

No e-readers, huh? I'm surprised by that one.
I laughed at his book club answer. I wish I was in a book club that talked about books for ten minutes then watched sports. Too funny!
Great interview, Christa!

Jenny S. Morris said...

SO Enlightening. WOW. LOVE the boys answer to book club. Hehe. Great Stuff!

Stephsco said...

E-readers are still a luxury in this economy. Parents are already (mostly) paying for their kid's cell phones and extracurricular activities, and e reader and $9.99 downloads are probably not a priority. I think as ereaders price have come down, more kids will get them. Same as the cell phone trend; kids didn't have them as much until the price came down and all the family bundle packages started showing up.

Also, even a parent who reads a lot may have a kid who hates it. Later in life they may appreciate reading, but the teen years can be a tough sell.

Rida said...

*cringes* The guy's answers were so short and to-the-point! I need to stop being so rambly!

Christa Desir said...

Rida---You are not rambly. Part of the great part is seeing the difference between how guy/girl teens answer the questions. And in all fairness, his answers came to me via direct message on FB and not through the email:)

Jolene Perry said...


how fun.

I get to have a movie night with my teen group tonight- should be fun - pj's and all...

Next time I should make them all bring a book to read.

KatOwens: Insect Collector said...

I love this, Christa, their comments are cracking me up. I realize now that I am officially old and clueless.
What's the series about Cats in the Wild???
DIG those necklaces. Your SIL rocks.

Tara Tyler said...

i love how the girl answers are so long and detailed and the boy just answers the question - my hub tells me to do that all the time, just answer the question!

oh, and lucky me, entered in the contest for a pretty sparkly! thanks!

Brinda said...

Thanks for posting another insightful interview.

Deana said...

I knew the boy would pick the book cover he did. My husband has loads of books with similar book covers like that:)

I can't tell you how much I loved this interview! Very enlightening:)

ANd I would love one of those necklaces! They're great!

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

How fun!

And I LOVE Bollywood with a passion. You go, girl!

gae polisner said...

Okay, I totally LOVE this, love the teens, LOVE their answers and LOVE YOU. Wait, was that over enthusiastic?

I'm so glad you commented on my blog and reminded me to comment on your blog (I dont know what I do wrong, but even when I "follow" or "join" blogs, I dont get any notifications or emails or nothin. Why don't I get nothin?!

I may have gone off on a tangent.

And those tree of life necklaces you make? Not only gorgeous, but my sister makes them! And I steal all of hers. Need to take a photo of mine and post it on my blog. Remind me.


Jess said...

Love this post! The questions were great, and thanks to the teens for their honesty. I volunteer a lot at a library with 5-7th graders and the Warrior series is popular with the boys, as are the Scary Stories series (non-fiction). The girls tend to be more adventerous when trying new genres.

Lydia Kang said...

This is so great, inside the minds of living, breathing teens! No seriously, a really cool post. I totally enjoyed it!

Sarah said...

Love this interview, and love the honesty (and the boy-girl differences). Very cool.

erica and christy said...

I have a 19-year-old nephew and a 15-year-old niece (yes, they're siblings) who I love to trade favorite book and movie choices with (very different, but I love all their choices!) (lets call it Harry Potter vs. Twilight :)

Did I ever tell you I have a Tree of Life tattoo on my arm? I do. So if I don't win, I'll need your SIL's details!

M.J. Fifield said...

That's a great interview. I particularly loved his idea of an ideal book club. It sounds like an awesome one to me too.

My favorite cover was "The Fault In Our Stars" but a lot of that probably has to do with the fact that I just read the book last night.

Your sister-in-law is crazy talented.

Alexis Bass said...

Marvelous! I was very pleased with the responses to The Hunger Games trailer. :)

I spoke to a teen girl recently who was reading OKAY FOR NOW by Gary D. Schmidt. So there's that.

Also, I love The Tree of Life necklaces. LOVE!

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

Wow ... that was interesting!

Peggy Eddleman said...

LOVED this! My favorite answers were to the question Could you ever be convinced to do a book club? Hehehehe!

Misha Gerrick said...

Great questions. :-) Peggy and I share favorite answers.

Bidisha said...

Hahaha. This would make for such an epic study teen boy/girl psychology. It's like the guy is waiting for a chance to get away and do something else asap. Like, play football, like he mentioned. Honestly, that book club answer had me falling off my chair.

Also, Rida? You are SO awesome. I knew DELHI BELLY would get a mention there courtesy IK :P

Mandie Baxter said...

Loved this interview! So neat to see the answers side by side. I have to say, It's kind of a funny story is a neat cover. Excited to read Perks, I just got it last weekend. Again, GORGEOUS necklaces.

Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful, honest post. Food and football at a book club? With only ten minutes about the books? Okaaay.

Those necklaces are beautiful.

LisaAnn said...

What a great post! Thank you for sharing. I agree with Medeia that my favorite answer was the book club with football. Fantastic.

And oh my gosh, love, love, love those necklaces!

Kelley Vitollo said...

This is AWESOME!!! Thank you!

Talli Roland said...

Love this, Christa! Thanks for the peek into others' minds. I'm kind of sad that some teens do the most reading on Facebook.

Heather said...

Wow, now that was interesting! I love getting both of their perspectives. I was surprised by a lot of their answers.

And beautiful necklaces by the way!