Thursday, February 1, 2018

Top ten errant teenagers in fiction

Danny Denton's new novel is The Earlie King & the Kid in Yellow. One of his ten best bad girls and boys in books, as shared at the Guardian:
Tetsuo in Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo

Tetsuo is a boy who quite literally contains apocalypse, badness bursting out of him so furiously that he fears his head will explode. The manga series’ antagonist, he is unremarkable at first: best friends with Kaneda, insignificant in the gang hierarchy, and suffering from inferiority issues. After an encounter with a strange, ancient-looking child, Tetsuo gains supernatural powers; powers that amplify (catastrophically) the hormonal unpredictability of the adolescent. The pill-popping teens of Akira are lost, alienated, hopeless, set against authority. Tetsuo is their worst incarnation and, over six volumes, the iconic artwork brings potent clarity to his turmoil.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue