Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Quick Poll

In my YA paranormal, I have a 16 year-old protagonist who refers to another character she doesn't first like, as "the chick." Later, she refers to her as "Freaky Chick." I have a critiquer who suggests "the chick" sounds more like a male protag…offers "Ms. Freaky."

Appreciate any comments, particularly from those out there around teens, or teens themselves?

Thanks. Write Every Day!



  1. Me and my friends always used the word chick. I kinda felt like it was a less than polite term myself, but I've gotten over that, so... I'm 23 now and still use chick on occasion. I think it's fine for your 16 yr-old female protagonist.

  2. I too always used the word chick as like Babydoll above, less than a polite term.

    Bimbo, and the other form, bimbelina, depending on her age also comes to mind.

    Ms. Freaky, nah, not so much.

  3. Ms. Freaky sounds a bit awkward and weak.

    I don't see a problem for using 'chick' for a female character. Who says that only guys can use that word? Weird.

    Anyway, it all depends on your protagonist and how she speaks.

    It could be 'La Freaky' or something else slightly more creative than Ms. Freak. I dunno, play around with it. Like I said, it really depends on your MC.