9.5.17

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten things I want to see way more of in young adult books

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c.j.'s selections                         ten ten ten


one
Hate-to-love 

I already mentioned this in my Tropes I Love post, BUT I LOVE IT AND I WANT ALL OF IT THANKS. 
two
    

High functioning mental illness 

Not everyone with depression has attempted suicide. Not everyone with anxiety washes their hands raw. Not everyone...well, MOST people with MI don't have Bipolar Disorder (THE BASE RATES ARE SO LOW IN THE REAL WORLD). Books about severe cases are SO important, but so are books about the less severe cases that so often go unnoticed by parents, teachers, and friends. Or even the sufferers themselves, who think they're not "bad enough" to need/deserve help. 
three
       
Non-Western fairy tales and folklore 

I mean, I love Western fairy tales, but THERE ARE SO MANY MORE CULTURES WITH REALLY AMAZING MYTHS. 
four
       

Non-Western-based fantasy worlds 

See above. We can and should have ALL KINDS. Unique fantasy comes from everywhere! 


five
       
Unreliable narrators 

I love being lied to. 
When the person lying is the narrator of a book. 
And they f*ck with my head. 
Because I'm a masochist or something?  

six
     
Medication not being a bad thing 

It helps a LOT of people! Yeah, therapy is ideal for most conditions in the long term, but some people REALLY benefit from meds and maybe we should stop shaming people about it? 
seven
     
Tongue-in-cheek fantasy 

I love the snarky, playful tone of books like Royal Bastards. Like they'd make an amazing Princess Bride-esque movie.  
eight
     
Serial killers and psychopaths 

I realize I already mentioned this as a trope too, but I just love my dark gruesome mindf*ck books okay!? 
nine
     
Classic wizardly fantasy 

Like Diana Wynne Jones grown up, with prissy sorcerers and British people (British people not required) and a lighter, more whimsical take on fantasy. 
ten
     
Mash-ups 

Victorian zombie adventure. Fantasy horror. Han dynasty era historical romance. Sci-fi crime thrillers. Give me your most creative new multi-genres! Yes, I KNOW they're hard to sell. 
honorable mentions
     
Mash-ups 

Bizarre plays on form and novel meta-structure. 
Teens who don't have sex because they're not ready, not into it, not given an opportunity, whatever. 
Teens who are close with their parents. 
Jerky assholes who turn out to be jerky assholes. 
Jerky assholes who turn out to be morally ambiguous antiheroes. 
Cats. 




Your turn!  What would you kill for more of in YA? Or sell your soul, if you're less on the violent side. 



2 comments:

  1. Unreliable narrators and hate to love romance are two of my favorite troupes as well. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! <3

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    1. They're so good! You'll have to tell me some of your favs. <3

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