Thursday, July 11, 2013
Character Bucket List: Ben and Coop from fml by Shaun Hutchinson
Though Simon is the main character in fml, my favorite characters to write were his two best friends, Ben and Coop, who happen to be a couple.
Ben: Really? A bucket list? How about a bucket of Corona?
Coop: Be nice, Ben.
Ben: I thought I was.
Coop: Can't you be serious for one second? Forget it. I already know the answer. How about I start? The first thing on my bucket would be to play guitar with Jack White. Why are you laughing, Ben?
Ben: Seriously? You're going to die and you want to play guitar with Jack White?
Ben: I'm just saying...
Coop: Fine, what's on your bucket list then?
Ben: First, you have to be naked.
Coop: Forget it. I knew this was a bad idea.
Ben: Fine! I'd really love to visit the Louvre.
Coop: See? That's cool.
Ben: And I want to go skydiving and I definitely can't die without meeting Prince Harry.
Coop: You're never going to meet Prince Harry.
Ben: You never know.
Coop: Anyway, that's not the list we're talking about.
Ben: Oh, whatever. You probably just want to have tea with Hillary Clinton and tell her that horrible story that you insist on telling everyone about the time you saved a litter of kittens from drowning.
Coop: What's wrong with that story?
Ben: It wasn't a litter of kittens. It was one cat, and it was mean.
Coop: Was not.
Ben: I still have a scar from where that evil demon scratched me!
Coop: You're the one who's mean.
Ben: Am not. Don't pout. I love my Coopy bear.
Coop: Are we going to do this list or what?
Ben: You know what, baby? If I had to make a list of the things I wanted to do before I died, you'd be the only thing on it.
Coop: That's either incredibly sweet or really dirty.
Ben: It could go either way. Just like your dad.
Coop: You're lucky you're cute.
Ben: Lucky doesn't even begin to cover it.
About the Book
Tonight’s the night: Simon’s big chance to finally get with Cassie. Cassie, who he’s loved for ages. Cassie, who is newly boyfriend-free. Cassie, who just happens to be throwing the biggest party of the year. Simon’s plan is simple: he’ll go to the party, she’ll fall in love with him, they’ll make out like crazy, and the night will be a complete success.
But things don’t ever go as planned.
In two alternating plotlines, Simon goes after the girl of his dreams and stumbles toward his destiny. It’s one night, one party, and a thousand ways for things to go wrong . . . but a million ways for them to go right.
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About the Author
Shaun David Hutchinson lives with his partner and two dogs in South Florida and spends way too much time watching Doctor Who. He is the author of fml (Simon Pulse, June 2013) and The Deathday Letter (Simon Pulse, June 2010). He is fully prepared for the zombie apocalypse.
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