So, with that said, here's my wish list for young adult literature in the new year. Here's what I want to see more of:
- Parents that are present - Ok, so I know there are some absentee parents out there in real life, but in many of the young adult novels I read in the past few years, there have been an overwhelming amount. Parents that aren't home, parents that don't talk to their kids, parents that let their kids do whatever....it's tiring, because I don't think that's the majority of parents in real life. I feel like you either see the absentee parents or really overbearing parents to the point where it isn't healthy. How about we see more caring parents that actually talk to their kids? Parents that are around.
- No more dystopias - I love me some Hunger Games and the like, but I'm over it. I don't want to read about the end-of-the-world anymore or anything similar to that. It's been played out.
- Boys that respect girls - In 2015, I read many young adult books that had many young men in it that were straight up disrespectful to young women to the point where it was really bad. Sure, this happens in real life, but how about in young adult literature, we include "popular" guys that also respect young women and don't just judge them based on just how they look.
- No more insta-love - I have been saying this for sometime; heck, everyone has been saying this, so, can we agree to get rid of this? Insta-love has been played out, but I still find it pops up in young adult literature. Is that because teenagers are more susceptible to infatuation? Possibly. But either way, I'd like to see more relationships blossoming after a strong friendship or at least let some time go by before they declare their undying love. *cue my eye roll*
- Love triangles done well - Ok, so many people have issues with love triangles. They don't want to see them at in young adult literature; however, I think if it is done well, I don't mind it as much. Some of my favorite books have love triangles in it and I think if the author is talented he/she can make this work.
- Girls that support one another - I am SO, so, SO over mean girls. I am over girls in young adult literature that don't have a single girlfriend. I want a female heroine to have a BFF who supports her and doesn't take part in backstabbing. I think it would set a good example.
- Independent young girls - I have been seeing more of this lately, but I want even more. Ok, so I am probably being greedy, but I don't want to see anymore girls suffering from Bella Swan syndrome. I want more kick-butt heroines that go out and grab life by the lapels. If a heroine has a love interest and someone who cares about her? Then great, but she doesn't need to be saved by a young man every.single.time.
So, that's my wish-list for young adult literature this year. Share with me some other things you would like to see in young adult literature and feel free to share some things that you would rather not see. Let me know what you think!