Monday, February 18, 2013
This fauxto was inspired by the YA novel ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins.
Now, clearly as you can tell by the selection of books I have done fauxtos for, I don't read that many realistic fiction novels. It's not that I'm against them, I just haven't gotten around to it lately. But all that changed this month when I decided to go on a realistic teen binge.
I started with this book and am now not only hooked on the genre, but also hooked on Stephanie Perkins' characters.
For those that have read this book, yes I adore Etienne St. Clair. And yes I would have loved to have traveled to France, found a hot young man to pose for me inside an old movie theater looking British and sexy. But c'mon people, AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT.
So I decided that instead of focusing on the romance angle of this book, I wanted to instead capture the girl that Etienne falls in love with: Anna.
Sometimes when you read YA novels, it's always this awkward, silly, mildly attractive girl who somehow snags the hottest, most perfect guy in the world and I'm left wondering, "Hmmm okay, now how the hell did that happen because that shit would NEVER happen in real life."
But for me, there was one scene in particularly where it all clicked for me. I finally understood why St. Clair, this sexy, perfect young man would fall for a girl like Anna. It was this one scene in chapter 16 when Anna and her pals (including St. Clair) go to one of their favorite French cafes:
'Mmmmm,' I reply.
'It's a good look,' Josh says. 'Like a little soul patch.'
I dip my finger in the chocolate and paint on a mustache. 'Better?'
'Maybe if you didn't give yourself a Hitler,' Rashmi says.
To my surprise, St. Clair gives a snort. I'm encouraged. I redip and pain one side up in a swirl.
'You're getting it wrong,' Josh says. 'Come here.' He dabs his finger in the edge of my sauce and adds the other half carefully, with his steady artist's hand, and then touches up my half. I look at my reflection in the restaurant's glass and find myself with a massive, curly mustache. They laugh and clap, and Mer snaps a picture.
The men in elaborately tied scarves sitting at the table beside us look disgusted, so I pretend to twirl the ends of my Nutella mustache. The others are cracking up, and finally, finally St. Clair gives the teeniest of teeny smiles.
It's a wonderful sight."
And that, my friends, is the scene I attempted to capture. I fell in love with Anna in this scene. She is positively adorable and is willing to make fun of herself in hopes of cheering up her friends. (Also, according to the scene, Anna's best friend Meredith takes Anna's photo, so in a sense, I'm playing a character as well! Kinda cool.)
When I was reading that scene I just nodded and smiled and I finally got it. I got why St. Clair falls for her and I wanted to capture just how adorable Anna truly is for my fauxto.
Now, as for this fauxto, I have to give a huge thanks to Jamie of The Perpetual Page Turner for being a trooper and being Anna for me. She totally captured Anna's young, cute and carefree spirit. It takes a special lady who is willing to give her self a chocolate 'stache in the name of art, and I think Jamie nailed it.
Labels: young adult