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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's Top Ten is trends of which we'd like to see either more or less -- I'm doing a combination of both, focusing on the YA genre.
Trends I'd Like to See Disappear:
2. Brooding Heroes who Suddenly Become Fawning Admirers: Girl meets guy, guy acts like jerk, girl swoons, guy suddenly becomes Best Boyfriend Ever. These abrupt personality changes give me whiplash. It's unrealistic and makes girls think that if a guy treats her like dirt, he must be REALLY into her. Um, no. (I blame Twilight for this. I loved it when I first read it and was a YA newbie, but I wonder how I'd feel now...)
3. Human Girl, Supernatural Guy: Why does it always work out this way? Why can't the girl be the scary supernatural who must protect the fragile human boy? These human girl scenarios just reinforce outdated gender roles.
4. Cliffhangers: I love a good series as much as the next person, but these days it seems like most series are just one book cut into three parts. Each book should be a self-contained story (a la Harry Potter) that feeds into the larger arc of the series -- not part of a story that abruptly cuts you off so you have to come running back for more. It makes me feel used.
5. Trends Themselves: For a while it was vampires, then it was fey, now it's dystopian and quickly heading into mythology. It's absolutely mind-boggling how many books of the same "type" come out at the same time. Seriously, what are the odds? Diversity, please!
Trends I'd Like to See Multiply:
7. Boarding School: I know there are already a ton of these out there, but I love love love them. Throwing teens together in a space that small is bound to stir up plenty of interesting encounters. See: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, Wildefire by Karsten Knight, Anna and the French Kiss.
8. Best Friend/Nice Guy Gets the Girl: This isn't a trend, but it so should be. Seriously, why does the angsty, hot-and-cold swoon-bucket always get the girl over the tried-and-true, loyal and sweet boy who's been there all along?
The Hunger Games), Katsa (Graceling), Meghan Chase (The Iron Fey), Evie (Paranormalcy), Lexi Harris (The Near Witch), Karou (Daughter of Smoke and Bone), Ari (Darkness Becomes Her), Ellie (Angelfire), etc etc.
10. Alternating POVs: I love this method of storytelling, but it seems to still be pretty rare. It's so much fun getting more than one perspective, seeing the same situation through multiple eyes. Examples: The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater, Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton, Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers. Daughter of Smoke and Bone also uses free-indirect discourse to get into the minds of multiple characters, without explicitly alternating POVs.
11: College Students: I have an extra one. This is hardly a trend yet, but I would like to see more of it. Love Story by Jennifer Echols and The Ivy by Lauren Kunze both feature college-age students. It's kind of an in-between age that doesn't get much attention from either the YA or adult markets. I'm a college student and adult novels don't really appeal to me, but I'd like to read about someone closer to my own age than 16 sometimes.
What about you? Are you tired of these trends? Can you think of any examples of the good trends I might have missed?