In the past few months, I've read a ton of posts regarding parents in YA literature. Some readers get sick of "conveniently absent" parents, or the "mentally checked out" ones, like alcoholics/drug addicts/work-obsessed/whateveryoucancomeupwith. Others think creating parents who are extremely supportive and understanding of all their kids' choices is an unrealistic depiction.
I tend to favor parents who make sense in the particular story. If the main character is a teen who breaks curfew and flips off everyone that pisses them off, I like to see: a) parents who lay down the law, if the MC goes through a drastic change at the end of the story because of their teachings; b) parents who suck at parenting, if the MC goes through a drastic change on their own and learns through trial and error.
Bottom line? Characters should fit the story you're trying to tell.
To that end, I've been thinking about who would I choose as my parents if I were in a YA novel.
Not surprisingly, I chose two writers.
Screenwriters, that is.
My dad? Joss Whedon. JOSS. FREAKIN'. WHEDON.
Why? Buffy the Vampire Slayer. That's why.
Oh, and Dollhouse. And the Runaways graphic novels. That's also why.
My mom? Diablo Cody.
Why? Juno. Her sarcasm. Her perseverance.
And her hair.
So tell me, who would YOU choose as your YA novel parents?