Back in the dark ages of 2013, there was a monthly blog hop on Teens Can Write Too, this fabulous blog championing teen writers. And it’s back! This month the discussion is based around the question What kinds of published books would you like to see more of? You can visit the blog here.
I’m going to do a list as usual, because I like lists. I’ve actually done a similar post before, which you can find here, so these are updated wishes of mine.
Okay, so there are already LOTS of retellings out there. My aim is for every book ever published to be a retelling, preferably of Alice in Wonderland or Wizard of Oz.
Glinda meeting up with Alice? Hells yes.
2) Illustrations in YA books
I’m sure there are books out there like this, but…well, not that many. I have a short attention span. I think people would love physical books a lot more if there were pictures. Here I’m thinking about books like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which I didn’t really like, but which has AMAZING pictures all throughout it.
One of my favourite MG series of all time is Ingo, which is all about the Mer. It’s powerful, and has a really unique magic system, and I love it. I’d love to read a really great YA mermaid book (if you know of one, let me know in comments!)
4) Books with no love interest
I love romance as much as the next gal. Anna and the French Kiss is one of my favourite books ever. But I don’t see why EVERY book has to have a romantic sub-plot.
5) Large families
I LOVED the huge family in My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. More of those, please!
6) Quirky, different books
Here I’m talking about things like Alice in Wonderland, which is completely bizarre, any of Lemony Snicket’s books, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and others like that. These are MG books, but I’d love to see that kind of bizarre, quirky style in YA! Books that, basically, don’t take themselves too seriously.
Okay, I mentioned this in my previous post of “things I want to see more in YA,” but I think it’s important enough to reiterate: I want to see protagonists with different skin colours, abilities, backgrounds, genders, sexualities, opinions, personalities, families, fears, ambitions…characters that reflect how diverse people are in real life.
8) Different hobbies
Similar to in Lola and the Boy Next Door, I’d love to see characters who have diverse interests, and hobbies that reflect them. Like…flower-arranging, maybe. Or cross-stitching. Or memorising digits of pi. Or, I don’t know, Swedish bunny-jumping. No, really.
9) Laugh-out-loud funny speculative fiction books
I don’t come across these THAT often, but I always love the ones that I do. Laughing is fun! Contemporary YA books are often quite funny, but in genres like dystopia, it’s more serious. I’d love to see a comedic dystopian.
10) Unusual settings.
Too often YA books are set in schools, probably in America. I’d love to see different settings – in a single room; in a jungle; underwater; in a mental asylum; in an abandoned theme park; homeschooling; online…okay this is giving me way too many plot bunnies.
BUNNIES ARE SO CUTE.
Those are the things I’d love to see more of in YA. What about you?