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.
Friendships Being Pushed Aside For “Love”
How often are we introduced to a pretty cool friend/best friend character in a book only for the friendship to be severed when the love interest comes around? I hate the idea that friendships go away when a boyfriend/girlfriend appears. It bugs me because it perpetuates the idea that people can only have one relationship going and are somehow unable to juggle a relationship with a significant other and their friends. I say that’s bunch of BS and would love to see more books where friendships stay the same or get better despite a character being in a relationship.
Mysterious Boys Showing Up At School
There’s nothing that makes me run faster from a book than the mysterious boy showing up at school and the girl who is inexplicably attracted to him. What? Girls can only be attracted to mysterious boys? To me it sounds SO stupid and incredibly overdone. Seriously if you glance over many of the summaries of paranormal YA books, you’ll find this (or a variation of it) in at least half of them.
I’m so annoyed with protagonists (or other characters) who have no prior knowledge of his/her ‘world’, skill, power, etc magically being the best at whatever it is. I don’t buy it. I know sometimes people are naturally inclined to be good at things but that doesn’t mean they are the best. I would love to see more characters who try his/her new powers, skills, etc and be decent at it (but not the best). Let that motivate them to work harder and slowly work up to being the best.
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.