I thought it would be fun to talk about what I as a reader would like to see less of in Young Adult (and Middle Grade) books.
The Chosen One
I know that this will be close to impossible to get rid of. The trope of the chosen one is deeply ingrained into YA and MG lit. I guess I’m just tired of our protagonist being the only one who can save the world/the universe/the school/etc. It’s pretty hard to believe that they are the only person in the world who has the capabilities to do what needs to be done. What about an adult or friend who can help? What about being the only one who cares enough to stop it? I just want some variety.
I wouldn’t be so sick of romance if it wasn’t in every book out there. I can understand why it makes sense to be in some books but it doesn’t need to be in all the books out there. When you’re trying to save to world or struggling to survive, you shouldn’t be concerned about how cute that guy or girl is. Not to mention, I want to see more characters that are okay to be single or don’t really want a relationship. That should feel just as normal as someone having a crush.
I love, love, love re-tellings. I really do. I just would like to see fewer of the better known stories: Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, etc. The market it almost saturated with those stories. I would love for authors to dig a bit deeper and find some lesser known stories to tell. Shannon Hale’s “Book of a Thousand Days” is a good example of a lesser known tale.
I’d also like to see fewer re-tellings where you can clearly see all the elements of the original tale. Those are fun and everything but I want to see more re-tellings done in a creative way. Think of the Lunar Chronicles. You can see some of the hints at the original tales but they’re intermixed with other elements of a completely new story.
I know series books are good money makers for the author and the publisher but I’m growing weary. I start too many series only to never finish them. I just want to read a book with no strings attached. I don’t want to have to wonder what’s ahead because nothing was explained in the first book. I don’t want to invest years of time waiting for a series to be finished. I just want to sit down for a few hours, get lost in a new world, and walk away when I’m done.
What do you want to see less of in your books?
I’m talking about what I Want to See More Of over here.
Future installments of What I Want to See Less Of are here.