Hi ya’ll! First of all, I wanted to officially say “hi”, since last week I just posted a review and didn’t really get a chance to introduce myself.
Anyways, do you read a lot of one genre? I do. The only genre I basically read is Young Adult (YA). While reading YA, I’ve realised something: there’s a pattern among some YA books. I’ve noticed how there are many elements that keep getting used over and over again. Sometimes they’re good, but sometimes they are really really bad. Below is a little list of some things I really wish would stop getting used so frequently:
- Love Triangles: I’ve never felt comfortable with love triangles in general. If I loved someone that was torn between me and someone else, I’d tell him to choose the other person. I have enough self-respect not to be someone’s second-choice, and I definitely do not like being “put on hold”. I understand being confused, I just don’t understand being led on.
- Instance where this was GOOD: The Falconer by Elizabeth May: In this book, the love triangle wasn’t about how she was in love with both guys at a time. It was more about which guy should she be with? The one she loves or the one she’s duty-bound to be with?
- Instance where this was BAD: Matched by Allie Condie: This love triangle was all about “I’m so madly in love with guy 1, until guy 1 isn’t in the picture. Then I’m definitely in love with guy 2. Oh gosh I love them both and now they’re at the same place at the same time. Who should I love?!”.
- Bad Boys: I get really tired of reading about these bad boys who’ve slept with every single girl in the student body. What’s so special about these guys? That they’re walking, talking STDs?
- Instance where this was GOOD: Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare: Oh man, I love that boy. He’s so swoony. He’s gorgeous, with a bad boy attitude. However his attitude doesn’t make him a bad person.
- Instance where this was BAD: Jude from Crash by Nicole Williams: While I loved the book, Jude as a bad boy annoyed the hell out of me. He was overprotective and temperamental. He couldn’t think straight when it came to “his girl”, and he preferred running away than actually confronting the problems at hand. Not to mention he’d apparently screwed over almost the entire female student body and no one even batted an eye. Did I mention the walking, talking STDs? It seems Jude is it.
- Dead Parents: I don’t want to be insensitive here. Honestly I don’t. But dead parents in YA is apparently a must have. We’ve seen this time and time again, and most of the time kids with dead parents are unrealistically portrayed.
- Instance where this was GOOD: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins: This book, while having dead parents, still managed to provide a parental figure in the main character’s life. It delt very realistically with the issue.
- Instance where this was BAD: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April G. Tucholke: The parents aren’t necessarily dead, but they’re completely out of the picture. The children are minors that stay alone for MONTHS at a time and I still don’t understand how Social Services hasn’t yet interfered.
- Good Girls who Change: I hate it when this “good girl” decides that she needs to change because her life “sucks”. YOUR LIFE DOES NOT SUCK GET OVER IT. Want to change? DYE YOUR HAIR! Don’t start taking drugs and having random sex everywhere!
- There are no GOOD examples for this one because I’m still not entirely sure there’s a “good” portrayal of girls gone “bad”.
- Extremely shy girl with extrovert best friend: this is becoming more and more typical in YA books and it actually scares me. I understand these friendships where they’ve known each other forever so it doesn’t matter if one likes reading on the weekend while the other likes partying and whatnot. I don’t understand these friendships where the extrovert best friend constantly criticizes and pushes the other girl to change.
- Instance where this was GOOD: Pivot Point by Kasie West: I really loved the friendship between these girls, and despite their differences they had a genuine friendship. They supported each other even if they liked different things, and despite all that they were still really good friends.
- Instance where this was BAD: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April G. Tucholke: (Yes, again). Violet & Sunshine (yes, those are their names) are really unconventional friends. Violet constantly slut shames Sunshine because she likes to flirt. Sunshine always tells Violet to change her ways because she’s so “boring”. It’s annoying.
So, here are a couple of things I’m extremely tired of reading. If you have this in your book, it doesn’t necesarily mean I’m going to write it off, but it does mean I may thread a little bit more carefully.
Do you agree with me? Are these some things that appear in your favourite genres as well? Let me know in the comments