Five things I want more and less of in YA books
*1* Less romance in books that contain life-threatening high stakes plots whether that be within high fantasy or dystopia (the two main offenders).
I’m not saying romance is a bad thing in these settings, but it IS when the main character is getting distracted and/or moping over the guy who is supposed to help her save the, y’know, entire world or country/city. Do you know how often they stop and kiss in situations they should be running or doing anything else practical? TOO MANY TIMES IN SO MANY BOOKS.
*2* Less cardboard cutout love triangles.
The childhood best friend and the dark bad boy trope has seen better days. A good majority of books are ruined by badly written love triangles and slows down the actual plot (even destroying the main character’s development at times for all her switching back and forth).
I’ve never met a girl so in love with two men and certainly not two men who are absolutely perfect to have without motive.
Not all love triangles are bad, but I’d prefer not to have them. If the main character ends up with the man I don’t like after two or three books, you know I’m going to be bitter about it.
*3* More female characters that are important to the plot.
Instead of having two love interests, why can’t we just have more important female sidekicks at the MC’s side? And I’m not talking about the sassy friend who does very little than make sassy remarks or the sweet friend who serves to be rescued. The main character does not have to be surrounded by men and only men the majority of a book or several books. I could go on about this, but I feel like it’s been summarized enough.
*4* Less perfect main characters.
This also applies to those love interests. But I’m a little tired of perfect main characters, especially when they are originally presented as plain and/or untalented (because by the end of it they are essentially depicted as perfect in every way). I could name names, but let’s not for the sake of time. Really what I’m saying is I don’t want a newbie besting someone with years of practice whether that be magic/sword fighting/any kind of fighting in general/dog whispering.
*5* More tragic endings.
Okay, this one is a little iffy for a lot of people. However, I would want some more realism in some books where more heroes/heroines die in battle. This goes for the main character’s love interests and close friends (not people who are barely mentioned or seen). As long as it’s written well and not within a few mere sentences. I’m not talking cheap, for-the-shock factor deaths. I want something meaningful, but also oh-so-painfully tragic.
What are your thoughts on what you would like to see more or less of in YA books? ( And within other books, too.)