Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Match 11: Simon (10) vs. Etienne (23) Goes to Simon

And the Winner is..


Welcome to The YA Sisterhood's YA Crush Tourney 2.0! We hope that through this all you will meet a lot of book loving people, discover new books, and of course be introduced to many more dreamy crushes!

Be aware that we have tried to keep all the posts pretty general, but there might still be some spoilers. If the spoiler is big, it will be marked. However, still proceed with caution!

Matches will run for 24 hours, 12am to 12am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information please check out our Tournament Page.


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Hi, YA Crush Tourney voters!

  My name is Benji, I run the blog The Non Reluctant Reader and I'm here to be Simon from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare's advocate. Before I start telling you why you should vote for Simon, I'm going to say this: I'm a guy. I'm not attracted to guys (though if I was a girl, I probably would be). I'm writing this post from the sense of why I think Simon kicks butt. Though I know most of you guys want to hear about the looks, so I will talk about them. Just don't get any ideas about me, okay? :P

General Information

“Medium clever,” Simon acknowledged. “Like a cross between George Clooney in Ocean’s Eleven and those MythBusters guys, but, you know, better-looking.”
- Simon, City of Fallen Angels, Book Four

Simon is a easy-going sixteen year old "open geek" who comes from a Jewish family. His father died when he was ten, leaving him along with his mother and sister (he's very affectionate for both of them, by the way) to coup for themselves. Though they've done a very good job of it, and he's a very "good kid", so to speak.  He's been best friends with Clary, the protagonist in The Mortal Instruments since they were little kids, and has secretly been crushing on her for as long as he can remember. He's the bassist of a band which name changes so often, it's impossible to know what they're called. In fact, it's probably already changed ten times since you started reading this. For those animal lovers out there, he's been a vegetarian since he was ten and can't stand the sight of blood. He loves anime and horror movies. 

Best Qualities - Witty, Loyal, and Soft

“Mom. I have something to tell you. I’m undead. Now, I know you may have some preconceived notions about the undead. I know you may not be comfortable with the idea of me being undead. But I’m here to tell you that undead are just like you and me … well, okay. Possibly more like me than you.”
Simon, City of Ashes, Book Two

   While reading The Mortal Instsruments, you'll probably find yourself bursting out laughing during the series. More often then not, you're probably laughing because of something Simon said. Don't get me wrong, all the other characters are hilarious too, but hands-down, Simon is by far the funniest. He's always making witty jokes and hilarious comments that help keep what can often become a dark mood in these books lighter. And they're never trashy jokes, they're done very ingeniously and always at the perfect moment to have you rolling on the floor. And I'll let you in on a little secret, they invented the term "LOL" to describe Simon while texting.

   Simon is fiercely loyal. *spoilers* In City of Glass when the only way to get the vampire clan to fight alongside the Shadowhunters against Valentine is to let the clan kill Simon, Simon instantly agrees, against the will of Clary and many others. Though, it didn't work. Again he proves his loyalty in City of Lost Souls when someone has to call the archangel in order to bargain with him, Simon instantly volunteers, even though he knows the archangel will most likely kill him. *end spoilers* Simon is the kind of guy who whenever you need him, he's there for you, even if he may not like you very much.

   Though Simon can be fierce when he needs to save his friends, he is very soft and friendly. Though he doesn't let him be stopped from doing what needs to be done, he hates the sight of blood and hates violence even more. *spoiler* When he gets turned into a vampire in City of Ashes, he refuses to let go of his humanity and drinks only animal blood because he couldn't live with himself if he lost his humanity. In that sense, he's sorta like Edward from Twilight, except he doesn't sound constipated whenever he speaks. 

"He's cute. Does he have a girlfriend?"
Clary hesitated a second too long before replying. "No."
The girl looked suspicious. "Is he gay?" 
Girl and Clary in a conversation about Simon. City of Bones, Book One
In City of Bones, Simon starts out as a nerdy looking kid with brown hair, brown eyes and glasses. Very skinny as well. Though he does have the looks of the sexy smartical style, which causes a girl to notice him in the quote above. Then in City of Ashes he gets bit by a vampire, which turns him into a sexier, more masculine version of himself, and it also causes him to loose his need for glasses. His hot and sexy "vampire mojo" as described by his friend causes him to get two girlfriends, one the gorgeous Shadowhunter, Isabelle, the other the werewolf who defies all paranormal rules that vampires and werewolves can't be lovers to get together with him, Mia. Even if Jace may be more attractive, Simon is not that bad either! 


"You know what's awesome?" said Eric, setting down his drumsticks. "Having a vampire in our band. This is the thing that's really going to take us over the top."
   In the books, Simon is described as being a pretty good bassist, though he never really takes his band too seriously, and often says that they "suck", but in truth he is good at what he does. In City of Bones, when Simon saves his friends using a bow and arrow, we find out that he learned to shoot with one while in boy scouts, and is good at it. He's also described as being obsessed with video games, and very good at playing them.

  Simon needs you're vote in order to beat the British Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss, and seeing as he is British, he already has an advantage over Simon with his accent. Though Simon may be the underdog in The Mortal Instruments, there's no reason he shouldn't be top dog in this competition. So c'mon, get your geek on and VOTE SIMON!!!!!!!!!!
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Hey everybody! It's Jesse and Taylor from Pretty In Fiction! We are so super psyched to be representing Etienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. We have both been in love with Etienne since January 1st, 2011, when we both camped out all day with our copies of Anna, enjoying every second we got to spend in Paris with him. So it is our utter pleasure to tell you all about why he deserves your votes today!

The first thing you need to know about Etienne St. Clair is that his name is Etienne, but it's also St. Clair. Here, I'll let Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door explain it to you. "Anna is the only person who calls him by his first name. The rest of us call him by his last, St. Clair. I'm not sure why. It's just one of those things." {Lola and the Boy Next Door}

Now that you've been properly introduced, lets talk about looks! The first time Anna meets Etienne, she describes him as beautiful. And he certainly is! He's got big brown eyes and matching messy brown hair. Artist's hair, as Anna says. He may be a little on the short side, but his confidence more than makes up for it. "If there were an Olympics competition in hair, St. Clair would totally win, hands down. Ten-point-oh. Gold medal." {Anna and the French Kiss}

And did we mention the accent? Because he has an accent. A British one! That's right, go ahead and swoon. We are. "Eh-t-yen says my name like this: Ah-na." {Anna and the French Kiss} ... ... ... Oh! That's right. We were telling you why you should vote for Etienne. Sorry! Got a little distracted by that accent. He's also got a geeky deep appreciation for history. We're talking a this-boy's-got-huge-history-books-scattered-around-his-dorm-room kind of appreciation. And, no. Those are not required reading at the School of America in Paris (aka SOAP). He just really loves history, and loves nothing more than to go on and on about it. Which is okay with us. Etienne can give us a history lesson any day! "St. Clair's head is always in history books the size of dictionaries,' Meredith interrupts. 'It's hard to get him out of his room." {Anna and the French Kiss}

Etienne is one of those beautiful confident guys who can get away with anything, especially since everyone at SOAP can't help but love him. That's probably because he's funny, charming, and stunningly attractive. And let's not forget completely devoted to his mom, or mum as he would say! How cute is that?! But most importantly, the thing we love most about Etienne is that he's in love with his best friend. That's right, he's a boy in love, and he's prone to do some cute and crazy things because of it. Like risking life and limb climbing to the top of a very tall tower to see Anna, when everyone knows Etienne is desperately afraid of heights. But he loves Anna and is willing to do anything to make her happy. What's there not to love about a boy like that!


If your still debating who to vote for here's one last quote... "He points a finger at me. 'I thought southern belles were supposed to have southern accents.' I shake my head. 'Only when I talk to my mom. Then it slips out because she has one. Most people in Atlanta don't have an accent. It's pretty urban. A lot of people speak gangsta, though,' I add jokingly. 'Fo' shiz,' he replies in his polite English accent." {Anna and the French Kiss} Did we mention he was funny?

There you have it people. Vote for Etienne. Fo' shiz.