I was recently asked on tumblr what things I would like to see more and less of in YA books, and I really enjoyed answering it, so I thought I’d post it here too. These are all my personal preference, based on the kind of things I like to read, and what I think about particularly when I’m writing.
I would like to see more:
- millennial authors writing plots about or directly involving the internet (in whatever way you want, but specifically fandom)
- female anti-heroes
- dogs. always dogs.
- magical realism instead of (as well as) the typical fantasy worlds
- funny pop culture humour (in-jokes and references!)
- flawed protagonists
- typical superhero tropes twisted in interesting ways (like the villain/hero ex-boyfriends story in Nimona)
- female friendships/relationships being centre stage
- stories set in the first year of university in the UK (not NA – in YA)
I would like to see less:
- boy-girl-boy love triangles (any other combination, though, give it me now)
- brooding/mysterious male love interests with a tragic past (hard to write without romanticising emotional manipulation)
- the white male “chosen one”
- girls looking at themselves in the mirror and describing their appearance (this one springs to mind because I am guilty of doing it in character introductions..)
- girls who don’t think they are pretty despite being very conventionally attractive and receiving lots of male attention
- ….green eyes
- “I let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding.”
- GBF (have them be the protagonist!)
What would you like to see?
A rebloggable version of this post can be found here.