Top Ten Tuesday is a Tuesday book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish to make lists of our favourite books or book-related topics. For this week's theme I picked five trends I'd like to see more of and five trends I'd like to see less of in YA lit. Great theme!
Top Ten Books Trends You'd Like to See More/Less Of
1. International settings. While fictional locations in fantasy books are the most enchanting and desirable, I still find real-life settings to be great. I'd love more variety though. I haven't read many books set in international countries without them being about cultural differences or history (i.e. Germany in World War II). Anything not set in the States would be awesome!
2. Mythology. There's been a recent uprising in mythology-based novels but barely enough to make a dent with all the contemporary and paranormal romances. Maybe something based in Rome rather than Greece? Or something Chinese? There are so many myths and stories to use as inspiration!
3. Platonic/non-romantic relationships. In almost every YA book the main character is in a romantic relationship. That's why books like How to Say Goodbye in Robot or Witchlanders are so shocking and different. Purely platonic relationships? No hints of romance at all? So refreshing! I'd love to see more authors explore friendships as relations rather than romance as the default.
4. Adult authors writing a YA novel. There's been a few adult authors writing their first teen novels lately and producing some top quality lit. They're bringing over their adult audience, being recognized by a larger audience, and usually arriving with a bigger reputation than most debut YA authors. I hope more adult authors take the plunge and try it out!
5. Based on true stories. Freaks and Revelations was the first YA book I read based on a true story and I was immediately drawn to the reality of the scenario. I did a bit of research afterwards into the lives of the protagonists and it was great to find out more about their lives. YA novels are a great way to introduce teens and YA readers to real events like the Ecuadorian slavery (Queen of Water) or the Holocaust (Anne Frank).
1. Unplanned series. When writing a book I would assume that the author intends to end it at the end or leave it open for more books. I understand that not all books are sold as series or sequels but it's frustrating when so many books are becoming 5-10 book series when it's obvious there were only supposed to be 2 or 3. I wish authors stayed true to their original thought about "I want a quartet!" straight from the start.
2. Best friends falling in love. While it's the age old romance that makes your heart soar, it's really annoying and predictable when the best friends end up together. Why can't people meet at school and go on dates, or be introduced by friends? There doesn't always have to be some magical revelation that we all saw from the first chapter.
3. Hypersexuality. Teenagers have sex. Yes. But it's not necessary to portray all your main characters as sex-crazed maniacs. I've read one too many books where the characters can't wait to finally have sex for the first time, or all they do with your partner is sexually related. There's more to teenage relationships and while many of them do involve sex, not all of them are to this extent.
4. Forgiveness. This might seem like an odd one to add but I'm a little bored of protagonists making huge life-altering choices/mistakes and everyone else just forgiving them right away. Killing someone? Oh, it's okay, you were possessed, no harm done. No! Even in paranormal fantasies we shouldn't just expect supporting characters to rally around the protagonist after they do terrible things just because they're the main character. There should be more consequences for actions.
5. Love triangles. Everyone else was gonna include it so I had to too. Girl emotionally torn between her nerdy best friend and handsome "new-kid-at-school"? Yawn. I'd love to see it reversed to one guy torn between two girls. That'd be awesome! Or maybe something like in Love Inc. where the main character dates several people and has many love interests sequentially. It does happen in real life!
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