|Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme: Top Ten Things on my Reading Wish List
I like to think this topic was inspired by #RWBL – the Twitter explosion hosted by Gillian of Writer of Wrongs, Shae of Shae Has Left the Room, Molli of Books and Whimsy, and Jess of Read my Breath Away wherein bloggers share their reading wish lists. SO MANY bloggers and readers came together sharing ideas for books they want to read or see more of. So I’m very excited about this week’s topic because I have LOTS OF OPINIONS, OKAY.
1. More diversity in YA.
Diversity of all kinds – I want more LGBT characters, I want racially diverse characters, I want books not set in the US, fantasy not set in some generic Medieval Europe (*hides* I’m actually working on a fantasy MS set in a generic-ish medieval Europe). 2. Turn the love-triangle trope on its head.
I’m really not that anti-love triangle, but I do find them sort of boring. I’d like to see a gender swap: two girls, one guy or maybe even three girls! Or maybe, the girl who has to chose ends up getting dumped by both guys. How about a book written from one of the guys’ POV as he watches the girl he likes flirt with another guy? I just want some variety.3. Abortion as an actual option.
There have been plenty of teen pregnancy books, but I can only think of one where the MC has an abortion. Adoption and keeping the baby are two options, but I have to say it makes me sad that the third option is completely ignored.
4. A realistic view of a relationship developed during wartime/dystopian environment. I get that trauma can and will bind people together. But I’d like authors to examine what happens after the adrenaline fades and the action is gone. How do these couples relate to each other during peace and recovery?
5. Platonic friendships between girls and boys. Great chemistry doesn’t always mean romance, and some of my best friends have been male. I would love if YA explored this kind of relationship because boys and girls CAN just be friends.
Less romance – Look, I am all for awesome book boyfriends and sweet, developing romances, but it gets old after a while.
Steampunk – The field is expanding, but there is still much to be desired from the steampunk genre.
Mental Illness – This social subject should come out of the dark and explain realistically what happens with someone with a mental illness.
Current Day Texas – There is such a lack of contemporary city-centered Texas fics.
New paranormal – No more vampires or zombies. Bring in old fashion fae, gargoyles, ghosts, mothman, Jersey Devil, Elves, trolls, giants, or creatures from other cultures. I want to see the field of paranormal become a bit more diverse.