Yes, I know it’s Top 10 Tuesday, but time and life restrict me from spending as much time blogging as I’d like. So, it is what it is. And I bring you Top 5 Tuesday. At least for this week.
Any reader worth her salt is aware that publishing works on a pendulum. A particular “type” of book breaks all known conventions and the author sells a half-dozen million copies and buys a house in the Hamptons AND a house on Mackinac Island. And then EVERY WRITER EVERYWHERE has to write the same book, only their lead character is named Mary Sue, rather than Katniss. And publishers herald these new books as “Harry Potter meets The Hunger Games meets The Berenstain Bears” to try to get readers to part with their cash. We’ve all seen it; we’ve all
been suckered bought into it.
Well, I say NO MORE!
Here are 5 types of books I refuse to read any more of.
- THE DYSTOPIAN
The dystopian has literally been done to death. Though I will acknowledge that The Hunger Games did all the heavy lifting to pave the way for this (sub)genre to flourish, I have never been even a casual fan of dystopian novels. Why, you ask? That’s an excellent question. Let me tell you. For one thing, they’re all
exactly the same similar. I mean, ok. We get it – government sucks, the ruling class are all jerks, it’s hard to choose between two cute boys, and murdery girls are super-cool. How many ways can you think of to write that? Apparently, loads of ways. Unfortunately.
2. THE VAMPIRE
So, there are some really, really good vampire books out there. One of my personal favorites is Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot. It’s subtle and terrifying in its simplicity. The problem with there being a (very, very) few good ones means they are outnumbered 347893728187:1 by the terrible ones. I’m not sure how all the authors missed the memo, but vampire ≠ gorgeous, angsty, teenage drama kings. Also, just fyi, vampires don’t fall in love with spectacularly stupid girls, they suck their blood and leave them for dead. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
3. MEAN GIRLS
Yes, we know – high school is terrible, teenage boys are tiny demons, and teenage girls are literally hell spawn. Writers, take note: stop recycling this narrative. Rather than vilifying high school girls and perpetuating “clique culture”, start focusing on healthy relationships. Give YA readers examples of EDIFYING female relationships. (Shout out to Leigh Bardugo @LBardugo for masterfully demonstrating this in her new Wonder Woman: Warbringer.) Show girls that they don’t need to be intimidated by one another, and that other girls aren’t their competition; rather, they’re their support team. No, not everyone is going to be nice; not everyone is going to get along. But this different mindset would go a long way toward changing the trajectory of high school relationships.
4. LOVE TRIANGLES
So. Many. Love triangles. If I pick up another YA book with a love triangle, my eyes are going to bleed. Seriously, it’s hard enough to find one “perfect” dude, but the odds of finding two within the same vicinity of each other? No shot. And have you ever noticed, it’s always a girl choosing between two guys, and never the other way around? I mean, is there ever a legit question about who she’s going to end up with, anyway? Of course Bella was going to choose Edward; Simon didn’t have a prayer with Clary once Jace stepped into the picture; and anyone who thought Mare was going to pick Maven when she could have Cal is out of their mind. Though I don’t object to the idea of a ❤ triangle, I have yet to find one that’s well done and actually leaves me wondering who our heroine will choose.
5. SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE
You know the one. (Cue movie trailer voice guy.) “In a special land where everyone is special and has special powers of speciality, SHE is born ordinary. With brown hair and brown eyes and nothing particularly attractive about her, she has no specialness. UnTIL, ONE DAY, she discovers she is a Super Special Secret Princess and her destiny is to, in the most special way possible, SAVE THE WORLD!” Ugh. Give me a break. So over it.
10 5 Tuesday turned into a bit of a personal rant. It happens. But, as you loyal and brilliant readers know, this is just a drop in the bucket that dips into the magical wishing well full of books I ❤ and adore.
What types of books are you completely over?