I thought it would be fun to talk about what I as a reader would like to see more of in Young Adult (and Middle Grade) books.
Space Travel or Space Colonization
I’m thinking something along the lines of Firefly or even space colonization like in the Chaos Walking Trilogy. Outer Space is huge! Aliens don’t even need to be involved. Why aren’t there more space books? There are new worlds to be discovered! What’s it going to be like on other planets? What’s it like on spaceships? The possibilities are endless.
Friendships Between Guys and Girls
I’m so sick of seeing ‘friendships’ turned into relationships. Why can’t guys and girls be friends without any type of romance happening? I’d love to see more solid friendships. You know the kind where they stick together, help each other out, get incredibly annoyed with each other, and go to the other one for advice. There are some pretty solid girl/girl and guy/guy friendships out there so seeing something like that between a guy and girl would be awesome.
Yes, I know the world of literature is full of them but I’m not really interested in them. I want YA or MG murder mysteries. I read Ten by Gretchen McNeil recently. It wasn’t the greatest book out there but I really enjoyed the murder mystery aspect of it. I love the spookiness in the atmosphere and the scary thought that went into all the details. I don’t know how it could be done but being able to convert the mysteries that are in procedural cop shows like Law and Order, Bones, etc into a YA novel would be fantastic!
New Adult Books That Explore How Life Really Is
I don’t think most of the New Adult books out there really grasp the real experience of stepping into the adult world. They just look like erotica lite books. I want to see a book where the character graduates college and isn’t able to find a job. I want to see the character still stuck at home with their parents. I want them to take a crappy job because that’s all there is at the moment. I want to see them unable to relate to their friends from high school. I want the freakouts that come from not knowing what to do with your life. That’s what new adults are actually dealing with, not some weird, twisted romance. Bascially more books like Fangirl.
I’m sorry to say but the most popular tales out there are starting to feel washed out. I like Rapunzel and Beauty but I know their stories. I want to read other tales though. There are tons of fairy tales out there that haven’t been touched. I’d also love to see books that just use a classic or fairy tale as inspiration but fill it in with a completely new story (like the Lunar Chronicles).
I love to see some modernizations of classic novels like Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Emma, Little Women, etc. I would be so unbelievably happy to get books like Emma Approved or the Lizzie Bennet Diaries (provided they were done well).
What do you want to see more of in your books?
I’m talking about what I Want To See Less Of over here.
Future installments of What I Want to See More Of are here.