YA Books That Should Totally Be A Thing12:04 PM
There are a ton of books out in the world. You won't even get to all the books that are out there, as depressing as that is. *sad face* You can find thousands of books in every genre, plot type, and about pretty much every subject there is.
However, there are some types of books that I don't see as much of as I would like, specifically in YA, and I'm going to talk about that. In list format, of course.
Books That Need to be A Thing
Books About Homeschoolers!
And not just books with homeschooled characters, either. Books where homeschooling is totally normal and cool and okay. I've seen several books about homeschoolers and that's all good and well, but it's always been treated as something weird and not-normal and something that needs to be corrected so the kid can be normal. As a homeschooler myself, that's just the teeniest bit irritating. Homeschooling isn't always a last-resort-"oh if we have to" option. It's a very natural choice and heck, it's awesome most of the time. So I'd love to see more (YA specifically) books that celebrate this.
|And only the smallest bit awkward, I promise.|
Books Where the Love Interest Dies
Okay, okay, this is just me. I'm a heartless little rock and I like morbid/depressing books as long as they have a point. And I don't think this happens enough! Especially if you're writing a book with very high stakes/intense action, I think it's worth considering. I mean, who is the one character that's almost always considered safe? The love interest. And I like a good book that throws you for a loop unexpectedly. A book where the love interest dies halfway through/near the end and introvert girl/guy has to toughen up and take care of themselves? Yes please.
Now, I don't think this should always be done. But I'd like to see a book where I'm genuinely fearing for the lives of everyone, including the love interest.
Books About (Good) Sibling Relationships
I know there are some of these out here, and they don't even have to be totally circling around the sibling relationship, but what is it with the siblings always fighting and
trying to kill each other and generally not getting along? Being a sibling is rough, definitely (I've got several of them!) and you'll have your squabbles, but I want to see more siblings who get along when it really matters, talk a lot, and just have fun with each other without hating each other most of the time. Pretty please?
On the bright side of this, I think The End Games and Bruiser both showed spectacular and realistic sibling relationships. Some of my favorites, in fact. *cuddles them*
|Because there's nothing quite like a good sibling fight.|
Books That Include OCD Characters
Now, I don't mean funny OCD, the kind you joke about. OCD is a very real, very crippling thing, and while even I, who struggle with it to an extent, laugh at those pictures on Pinterest, it's not all fun and games. I'd love to see more books that treat it seriously and like the actual issue it is, without trying to make it an amusing quirk or something. Once again, the plot doesn't have to revolve around that, but it would be neat to see it represented more. I don't think I've ever read about a really OCD character before? But I don't read much contemporary, and it seems like it would be found there more.
Books With Depressing Endings
And here's the sadistic writer part of me again. But really! I don't want it all the time, but I'm okay with some open/even depressing endings every so often. I mean, have you read the classics? Some of the very best classics have really down endings. Especially those dystopias.
I could argue that a lot of YA dystopias aren't actually that, but that's another subject. So maybe I'm just wishing YA dystopias would have depressing endings, instead of wrapping everything up with revolution and happiness and a kiss. The Hunger Games did a good job of presenting this kind of ending, by the way. It would be cool to see more of that.
|Yeah, this kind of ending.|
That's my list. What about yours?
What kinds of things do you want to see more of in YA books? Do you know any books like the ones I've listed above that you can recommend to me? Comment away.