To celebrate Meg Cabot, live at readergirlz in December with How to Be Popular, Little Willow rounded us up to chat about popularity.
I have excerpted our answers, and you can see the rest at Little Willow's blog. Thanks, Little Willow, for putting it all together!
Martha Brockenbrough, author of Things That Make Us [Sic] and founder of SPOGG, the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar:
I grappled with the idea of popularity in middle school, and realized it could come from wearing a certain type of clothes, having a certain type of hair, and more nebulously, projecting a certain kind of attitude. I was a little behind in the clothes department, but probably could have convinced my mom to buy me more stuff if I really wanted to. What I decided, though, was that I would rather not have to do some of the things I saw the really popular girls doing...[read more]
Melissa Walker, author of the Violet books:
I admit it: I longed to be popular when I was a teenager. Outwardly, I made fun of certain cliques and pretended not to care when I wasn't included in certain parties, but the truth was, I wanted people to know me...[read more]
Lorie Ann Grover, author of On Pointe:
I'm thinking middle school is when popularity is defined most narrowly. If you can grind through it, you will have the rest of your life to find your peeps. That's really the bottom line: find people that matter to you, those you can relate to...[read more]
Dia Calhoun, author of Firegold:
I went to an alternative high school where the kids were so involved in individual pursuits and being individuals that there were no issues around popularity. Everyone was unique, and we were all pursuing interesting projects...[read more]
Holly Cupala, author of A Light That Never Goes Out:
I think acceptance and community are basic human needs – too often, the popular community is perceived as more valuable when really, the most valuable community is one that supports you for who you are and helps you become who you were meant to be...[read more]
Little Willow, from the Bildungsroman book blog:
I was never the most popular girl in school, though I admit I was possibly the loudest - volume-wise, not sassy-wise. I'm naturally talkative and outgoing. I always knew what I wanted to do and what I wanted to be when I grew up. I knew what I liked and what I didn't like, and no one could change my mind or my opinions...[read more]
What about you? How did/does popularity affect you? How do you think it is portrayed in the books you read?