As always Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by my other blog, The Broke and the Bookish, and the letter X….because X marks the spot.
This week we are talking about trends in literature that we’d like to see more or less of. It seems to be I always want to see less of trends that start out as a fresh take and then end up with a million books trying to piggyback on the trend that everyone likes. I enjoy it at first but then I end up feeling like I can’t get away from it.
1. (Less) – Books trying to be like Twilight – I mentioned this in my bookish pet peeves vlog but I seriously hate when everyone sees a wildly popular series like that and then tries to emulate it. You can just tell when it’s not very original and they don’t have the passion behind the story but rather they are just trying to write a series to be marketed as the “next Twilight.”
2. (Less) – Book covers that look the same – It seems that I’m finding cover art trends to be boring lately. I keep seeing faces or beautiful girls in pretty dresses. Let’s be more creative. To me, the cover is like the eyes of a person…it’s the window in to the soul or the book.
3. (Less) Planned Series: WHY is everything a series in YA lit today? Firstly, I do love me a good standalone novel and secondly…my memory wants to ninja-kick me every time I try to make it remember all the various books that are in part of a series. Seriously, I have a hard time to remember all the loose ends and storylines from all the series that I am currently waiting on. I don’t even want to know the number of books I need to read sequels for.
4. (Less) Love Triangles: Why does it ALWAYS have to be soooo complicated? I’m just over love triangles. Overdone overdone overdone.
5. (More): College Aged Characters – I’m looking at both of you, YA lit and Adult lit. I have a hard time finding characters that are in their early to mid 20’s. I want to read about myself! This is why I think I read both YA and adult. I GET young adult perspective because I’ve been there and can relate…and I read adult lit to get a perspective that I guess I’m slowly growing into. But for the love of God, it seems like college aged characters are the black hole of literature. So come on, give us something that reflects our lives.
6. (More) Interesting Time Periods Explored in YA Lit: I find myself ok in this department when it comes to Adult Lit..I find a lot of time periods spoken for. However, I’d love to see more of a variety of explored in YA historical fiction. I was ecstatic about the recent trend of the stories set in the 20’s because I read a lot of adult fiction set in that time or from that time. I’d love to see more books take place in interesting periods throughout history. There are so many great historical events that could make intriguing backdrops for a story.
7. (More): Diverse Characters: I’d love to see more POC characters or gay characters naturally weaved in stories without it being an “issues” book. I’m so sick of being able to tell that they threw in the “token black student or the token gay friend.” I’d love to see more MCs with a different perspective than me or a different culture and have a book that isn’t just centered around the fact that they are “different”…does that make sense?
8. (More): Unique paranormal creatures: I love when I meet a unique creature. It makes it all so new and fresh…but don’t just use the Twilight model and make them a different creature.
9. (Less): Vampires — I don’t HATE vampires but I’ve just seen so much of them that I want to barf.
10. (More): Strong parental figures in books: Stop having the parents always disappear in YA literature. One thing that I loved in Lola, as I stated in my review, is her parents…they are in her life and have an important and normal role in her life. And seriously..that’s another thing..it’s really awesome that she has two dads!
And number 11, because I want to, MORE TRAVELOGUES. Seriously..I love me a good travelogue. So please give me more, oh book gods.
Oh and a number 12 — less bad boys and more nice guys. While a smoldering stare and a leather jacket is sexy, let’s not forget about the nice guys.
What are some trends in both YA and adult lit that you’d like to see die a slow death? What do you want to see more of? Did you agree/disagree with me on any of them?