Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Author Bites - Tonya Hurley On Obsession

This time Tonya Hurley gives her view on obsession. Fitting for the book ghostgirl as the main character, Charlotte, well, needs a sedative when it comes to her obsession. I'm not too sure I agree Tonya's opinion this but to each his own.

Obsession often times gets a bad rap.

But it really cuts both ways. Sure, it can be self-destructive and harmful, especially in matters of the heart, but it can also be quite motivational. It all depends on which side of the obsession you're on and whether or not there's a happy ending.

For example, if you win the championship, find the cure, solve the equation, invent the contraption, or get the guy or girl that makes your life complete, it may prove your energy was well-spent. If, on the other hand, you fail in your efforts, you and everyone else may wonder if it was worth it, in the end.

In ghostgirl and also in the sequel, ghostgirl: Homecoming, Charlotte’s obsession with being popular and loved leads her to people and places that, for better or worse, she might not have otherwise discovered. And she learns a lot about herself along the way. That’s the way I think it is for most of us. We may not always get what we want – our obsession – but along the way, we might discover something, or someone, even better.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I LOVE her point of view! She's so different in terms of other authors out there writing YA. She sees things her own way, yet she's totally relatable. Her books are my favorite, they are completely hysterical and also profoundly sad at the same time, and I can't wait until Homecoming!

are you giving away an homecoming ARCS??/

Thanks for posting! chomp, chomp

LolaLetter said...

Have you ever known anyone who ever achieved anything without being obsessed with it?

Great blog post! Thanks!

lauren said...

Ah! I just love her! She's so cool and I love her take on everything. All of these little Hurley inputs throughout ghostgirl gives the book so much depth, rather than it being just a typical love story. This just got me SO EXCITED for Homecoming!!!

Donna said...

Anon, if it's not listed in my contests section up top, then I'm not giving it away.

Lola, yes. Obsession is not a requirement for achieving your goals. Obsession is unhealthy and all-consuming, leaving the obsessed to disregard everything around them except for the object of their obsession. So does the end always justify the means? Is saying "screw it" to everything else in your life worth obtaining that obsession? Because in the end it's just going to be you and the object of obsession and that's a pretty lonely ending. To me, anyway.

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