This is not posted on a Wednesday. Your eyes decieve you.
As always, this great tag was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl.
Yesterday Today’s prompt is for books with nature on the cover… of which there is a worrying amount of Young Adult books. Of which there is a worrying amount of recurring tropes… that I’m going to talk about here! There’s a link there somewhere.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love Young Adult books. I love that there’s a genre where people progress past awkwardly holding hands, but can still go go on fairytale adventures without exploring the meaning of life. Is something bothering you? There’ll be a dozen Young Adult books on the subject and I just love it. But there are definitely some recurring tropes going on here, of which I’ve listed my top ten. Can you think of any more? So some of these Young Adult things boil your blood? Let me know in the comments!
10. Parents? What are those!
Whether it’s an obscure boating accident, or cancer, or my personal favourite as victims of the mythical beast the hero has to defeat at the end. Either way, the parents are rarely around. Or if they are, they never seem to care what their child is up to?
9. Unimaginable trauma…that’s never dealt with
I WANT TO GET SO MANY OF THESE POOR CHILDREN INTO THERAPY.
8. Inconsistent sizing
The first book will be 200 pages… and the last will be 750. Plus, if it’s any good Young Adult book then there will be at least 9 books in this world… or it will be a duology. There’s no in between.
7. ✨ Connections ✨
Everyone’s related to everyone else? The best friend will be related to the High Chancellor, or the hero will secretly be the long lost child of royalty (been there, seen that so many times). I guess it saves time trying to find the Head of Police when she’s your brother’s boyfriend’s mum, but it feels pretty unrealistic.
6. Protagonist who can’t understand why people think they’re pretty
But I’m so ugly! Honey, you’re probably a New York model who is complaining about her arm fat. Come on, body positivity!
5. That one POV that’s SO unnescessary
Why do I need to hear the perspective of the protagonist’s least favourite teacher? (No, this is not necessarily a Snape-bashing). But Young Adult books, especially the ones from multiple perspectives, always manage to throw in the POVs you don’t care about during the best plot points.
4. Token/Stereotyped Diversity
It can get really complicated where token diversity ends and inclusive, well-written diversity begins. But the charatcer is incredibly stereotyped, then I don’t belive it can be progressive.
3. “I let out a breath I didn’t know that I was holding”
Needs no explanation. I don’t see this a lot, but whenever I do it just obliterates the quality of the book.
2. Quirky Characteristics
Why are there so many resemblances between Y/N and the heroines of YA books? Sometimes, I just want to shake some of these authors and yell, ‘Being clumsy or tidy can’t be someone’s entire personality trait!
And Number One Goes To…
1. EVERYTHING IS A SCIENCE EXPERIMENT!
Do you have a lot of plot holes? Here’s an easy fix: blame it on the evil group who will be revealed in the last book to have created the plot of this entire series as a psychological experiment. Boom.