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.
I know not having parents around makes the story easier to tell but where’s the love for parents and families? Family is a big thing. It’s our first relationship in life. They cause us many headaches but they also bring us much joy.
I’m desperate to see more involved families in books. We see many families that don’t care and we also see families that are kidnapped or killed which sets our hero(ine) off on their journey. Very rarely do families stick around. Where are the families that love and care for the kids but know to give them space to save the world?
The Lynburn Legacy does a great job of balancing a loving family and allowing Kami do what needs to be done. Can we have more families like that?!
Traditional Paranormal Creatures
Vampires, werewolves, and other creatures have been done to death. Let’s move on. There are ways to use these creatures in a new way. Less romanticizing these creatures and more fear.
I’d really be interested to see authors digging into mythology and other lore to find some different creatures. The Monstrumologist series was really interesting. There were many monsters but nothing we were really familiar with. The Wendigo was like a zombie but not exactly. It was still new and interesting.
Crappy World Building
I’m totally on board with your crazy, bizarre world. How did it get to this point? Why? It can’t be that way just because the author said so. There needs to be more thought to it. It’s getting really annoying to read books and be confused or have a million questions about the world. I know you want people to read more of the book or continue a series but things should be explained a bit.
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.