You Might Be the Protagonist of a YA Dystopia If...10:06 AM
(So, ahem, apparently I scheduled this and it posted this morning but I forgot to finish it? Do forgive me, if you saw that. xD)
You are a girl. You are sixteen, or almost sixteen.
It is almost time for your Choosing Ceremony. Don't worry if your society doesn't have a ceremony of this name; it always has the equivalent.
Everything is named by using capitalized nouns in this Society. Don't ask why, it just Is. It's the Way.
You do not have high hopes for your Choosing. You see, you are ordinary, which in your Society apparently means a cardboard cut-out with no real personality or talents or hobbies. Unless you're good at either music or art, which you probably will be.
You have a crush on your probably blond male best friend, who despite hanging around you all the time has never noticed you.
That's okay, though, because at your Choosing you will find out that you are, in fact, special, abnormal, and then everyone will notice you.
Despite your modest upbringing, timid nature, and hatred of standing out, you Choose something incredibly special or risky to do. Everything thinks this is a stupid decision. Everyone is right, but you don't care, because you are inexplicably Special now and therefore every decision you make is the right one.
You release a breath you didn't know you were holding.
Hot Dark Morally Skewed Guy is pursuing you. You are appropriately disturbed, but intrigued.
Nice guy that you've crushed on and trusted all your life warns you to stay away from him. You ignore him.
Hot Dark Morally Skewed Guy kisses you. You like it, and then spend 100 pages feeling guilty about that before you decide to forget everything else and acknowledge your mysterious Connection to him.
You will spend the rest of the inevitable trilogy obsessing over his hair, eyes, and abs.
Perks of being Special: You get to ignore all rules, you're allowed to whine all the time, and you gain immediate skills you didn't know you had in combat or strategy or something.
Somehow, in the middle of being conflicted over both guys but knowing you'll choose Dark Hot Morally Skewed Guy 'cause Reasons, you find time to discover and join a Resistance.
The Resistance quickly makes you a leader. You are young, inexperienced, emotionally imbalanced, and there are many others who would do much better. Naturally you are considered perfectly qualified and no one complains. If they do, Dark Hot Morally Skewed Guy beats them up brutally.
You find his temper attractive and not at all concerning. After all, he has a dark and sad past that excuses his moods, actions, and abrasive way of treating you when he's not making sappy speeches.
The end battle begins. You are Special and therefore instantly good at whatever you're doing during it. Who's traumatized by battle, anyway? You're sixteen, emotionally wrecked, and hardcore, dang it.
A family member dies.
You make out with Dark Hot Morally Skewed Guy to ease the pain.
The book closes with a dramatic speech about Hope and helping Society.
Everything is sad, but don't worry, the sequel promises to come back to you as a hardcore, emotionally dead, deadpan shell of your natural self.
How do you feel about YA dystopians? Which one is your favorite, and why? What's your least favorite dystopia stereotype? Comment away.