Hello everyone! Lovely day today! I firstly want to apologize form y lack of posting, school started and the crap hit the fan. So I finally got some free time and here I am writing a blog post for y’all. It feel great. Today I will be talking about some things I wish I saw more in Young Adult books!
1. No Romance!
Though I do love a good romance novel, it almost feels like romance in a young adult novel has become an essential piece of the novel. Rarely do I see a young adult book now that doesn’t have any romance in it. Though to name a few that DO NOT have any romance:
- The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
- This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
- Forgive Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
2. Regular Dudes
Can’t a girl fall in love with a guy that isn’t the sexiest man on the planet? I know this totally contradicts #1, but honestly that is besides the point right now. But seriously, nearly every YA book I’ve read the guy is achingly sexy, six pack, eyes the color of the freaking sky, and perfect hair. Oh, and don’t let me forget the dirty talk. *insert eye roll* If you haven’t guessed, normal guys aren’t like that. I can tell you for sure none of the guys at my high school are. A YA book that has a book where a normal guy (that isn’t achingly beautiful) and a normal girl fall in love, have relationship troubles and love each other more for who they are, besides the looks, THIS, this would be an amazing book.
3. Popular Kids
This might sound as if this refers to mostly contemporary books, but it doesn’t. What I mean is, what about the popular kids in our YA? The prettiest girl in school, the enchanting Queen of a country, whatever it is, why does the main character have to be a nobody? It would be amazing if more authors wrote books from the perspectives of the famous people in the world of YA. It might not create the prettiest story, but I think it offers a new perspective about how the royal queen feels about one thing or another, or how the typical b*tch of the school feels when our supposed “heroine” knocks her down in a way that makes our heroine no better than the Queen Bee.
I’m definitely going to be writing a discussion about this later, but there are SO MANY books that are just dark. There is killing, a gore, and assassins and it is all just one blob of darkness. Even the contemporaries! I swear, those books seem like they are all kicks and giggles, but there is usually a darker tone to them too like mental illness, or other family problems that affect the main character. Can’t we have a fantasy book that is happy? Does the main character’s family always have to be tragically slain before the MC turned ten?
That’s it for today, because honestly I can’t think of anything else. I would have said diversity, but considering diversity is practically a given, I decided not to! 🙂
Do you agree with me? Is there anything else you wished was in YA? Tell me down below in the comments! 🙂