Showing posts with label ya tropes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ya tropes. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top 10 Current YA Tropes that Will Make Me NOT Want to Read a Book

I've done a couple variations of this post over the years, but it's definitely time for more up-to-date refresher for Top Ten Tuesday.

Examining Racism - Without POC.
I don't know where this trend started, but I absolutely deeply, deeply dislike any book that uses fictional races (elves, dragons, werewolves etc.) instead of people of color and tries to make them oppressed to illustrate how bad racism is.
(Spoiler alert: Anyone who isn't white knows this already. You don't have to teach us, oh my god.) Even worse when it's written by a white author who lacks the nuance and skill to execute this well.

The Alpha Male Douchebag.
I hate them. I've always hated them. The love interests who are bulky, muscly, super attractive and absolute shitheads to their girlfriends. I DNF anything with that instantly, I have no time for this. Knock knock! It's 1950, it wants their mentality back.

Voiceless, shy, and "bland" heroine.
I think all readers of YA are collectively tired of this. If I read about another girl that's bland with brown hair, brown eyes, and no personality, but yet thinks she's not like other girls? Well, I'm literally going to throw that book into my fireplace. No time for this.

In a world where the rich green-blooded people oppress the lower class because of their purple blood and inferior silver eyes and golden hair...
There are approximately 327836273 books about this. I am SO over this overdone and unimaginative premise of rich superior genetics people versus poor inferior (but still conventionally attractive) genetics people. Even worse when one of the poor ones manages to infiltrate the higher ups and it actually turns out they're also green-blooded/have ominous super powers/have an inexplicable asset they need. I just described probably 40% of the latest high fantasy releases. Please stop.

A girl with inexplicable powers and two boys who love her - one good and innocent, and one evil and mysterious. Who will she choose?
At this point nobody will take any book seriously that makes use of this. It's so overdone, it's not even funny anymore. And it's also really annoying that you always know that she's going to choose the bad boy every single time. I'm not bitter or anything.

Contemporary m/f romances that have no other premise than "he was a boy, she was a girl".
Compulsory heteronormativity is real and I'm not letting it on my shelves. I don't pick up any contemporary romance at all unless it goes more into the contemporary direction than the romance direction and has a super unique premise. If it's f/f or otherwise LGBTQ*, all bets are off though, I'm buying anything you have.

Whitewashing.
Don't think we don't notice and we don't see you. We see you whitewashing common and well-known mythology and cultures. We see you. Stop it.

One girl, destined for greatness by the ancient prophecy, rises up to lead a rebellion...
How has nobody deleted this trope completely yet? I can't see it anymore. I want to see no more teenage rebellions. Please god no. Who'd follow a teenager into war anyway? Maybe I'm just outgrowing this trope, I don't know if actual teenagers still enjoy this. I'm feeling old.

Fictional Oppression or Slavery.
You guys know how I feel about this, so yeah, no need to repeat it. Thanks, but no thanks.

Problematic Comparison Titles.
If it says for fans of [insert any known super ableist/racist/homophobic book], I am out. This is actually a really great method that has proved to be always pretty successful. Weed out the weak by watching what books get compared to. Will save you a lot of time.



What are some tropes that make you not want to read a book?


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Monday, April 17, 2017

Top 10 Things That Will Make Me Want to Read a Book Instantly

Today you'll learn a bit about my favorite tropes, little things, genres - anything that I enjoy and will make me pick up a book instantly.

#1: f/f!
I'm so predictable. There is unfortunately so little representation for sapphic girls in YA, that I gotta take what I can get. I pretty much buy anything if it has girl-loving girls.

#2: Paranormal Horror!
You'd think there'd be more horror YA books out there. But unfortauntely it's very hard to find something that isn't gore-y, actually scary, and doesn't use mental illness as a poorly-researched premise. I also definitely can't stand crime-related horror with murderers or kidnappers or whatever. If it's paranormal and spooky, I'm in. But please, no ghost romances.

#3: Magical Realism!
Again, you'd think there'd be more. Magical Realism is a genre that most books on  the market claim to be, but if you actually pick it up it usually turns out to be Urban Fantasy. I've learned that it's best to stick with Latinx authors.

#4: Parallel Universes!
You guys know I love anything involving parallel universes. Generally you can hook me with anything that has multiple dimensions in them.

#5: Travelling to Space!
I love love love when authors write about space and introduce wacky world building that you'd never see anywhere but in space. Unfortauntely very few authors put the emphasis on the world when writing Science Fiction, so I'm stuck with trial and error.

#6: Aliens, Aliens, Aliens!
I have no idea how I developed this tendency, but I'm such a sucker for good old paranormal romance with aliens. I gobble these books up. Actual romance in space is hardly ever my thing, but if it's a weird alien coming to Earth, disguising themselves, and falling in love with a human? Sign me the heck up!

#7: Time Travel!
Another instant buy. I love a well-executed time travel book. It's very hard to get that right, I think time travel is one of the hardest things to execute well and to still have it make sense. My utmost respect to all authors who try. I love a good angsty high-concept time travel romance.

#8: Mixed format!
This is one of my newest obsessions. Any book that has a semi-intriguing premise AND features multiple formats (texts, chat logs, newspaper articles etc.), is definitely something I'll have to buy and have to own a physical copy of. No clue why, but I really enjoy the variation.

#9: My marginalizations!
I think this is a thing that gets everyone hooked. I've got a couple different marginalizations and having just a little bit of my identity represented automatically gets a buy. Oddly enough, while I do like identitiy representation I want any book set in a country I've lived in to be as physically far away from me as possible. Really deeply hate those for some reason.

#10: #Ownvoices!
Honestly? I dread reading non-#ownvoices and I try to avoid it. You guys know I read a lot (like, seriously A LOT) and from experience I know that most non-#ownvoices books are absolutely terrible. Either they're riddled with offensive, problematic content or just completely poorly written. Is this a thing or do I just pick up the worst books unintentionally? Every time I read an ownvoices book, it turns out to be a five star read. Odd. Let's investigate this.


What are some things that will make you pick up a book instantly?


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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

5 Toxic Tropes to Include To Make Me Dislike Your YA Book Instantly | YA Talk






Sometimes I feel like tropes are being reused all the time in YA. 



Usually, I don't have a problem with that, but when it's the same five tropes over and over again in every single book I read, I simply don't want to continue.


But sometimes it's not about repetitiveness It's about being irresponsible. There are some things I would never want young teens to read about. 



Here are 5 things that make me dislike an author and their book instantly: 


5. Unhealthy Co-Dependency
While I do like a good epic romance, I am absolutely not a fan of books that make it seem like it's impossible to continue your normal life when your boyfriend/girlfriend breaks up with you. This makes me give you the side eye and I certainly will knock off a star or two off the rating for that.

4. Romanticizing Illness
I will never understand why there are certain illnesses that seem to be romanticized more than others. Schizophrenia, bipolarity, AHDH not so much, but depression and anorexia? What makes this romantic? What's desirable about being sick? 

I think one of the best examples is what happened to THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. I don't necessarily think that John Green is the kind of person who would even try to romanticize mental illness, but his fandom sure is. I've seen people tweet things like they wished their boyfriend and them had cancer so they could be cute like Augustus and Hazel. This is why this list of tropes is important to internalize and avoid. If you're a writer, please take this to heart.

3. Curing Mental Illness Through Falling in Love
This isn't a thing. I don't want anyone to think that this is a thing.

2. Slut-Shaming
NO! This will make me quit a book and write a scalding review. I never write mean reviews to deliberately make the author feel bad but things like this aren't okay. Simply because they teach a younger audience values that shouldn't exist in our society anymore. I will actually tell people not to read a book if I encounter this in a novel and with immediate effect never read something by the author ever again.

1. The Special Snowflake Girl who isn't Like Other Girls
I can't hear "she wasn't like other girls" anymore. There's nothing wrong with being ordinary. There's nothing wrong with being different either. I don't mind if you've got a protagonist like that but when said protagonist starts talking down other girls and feeling superior, I'm out.





Which tropes are deal breakers to you?

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

8 Most Hated Young Adult Plot Tropes


I do love my YA books, but unfortunately, with the genre becoming more and more popular, the tropes are starting to repeat and I keep seeing the same thing over and over again.

Here are 10 Plot Tropes that I don't want to see anywhere ever.


1) Childhood Friend and Mysterious Guy HATE each other

Whether it's a love triangle or not, can we not do this. Can we just once have the childhood friend befriend the mysterious guy? What about a bromance?

2) Protagonist becomes the leader of the rebellion

It's so overdone, I don't even...why would you follow a teenager into rebellion. A teenager that probably is also very new at all of this because they just got thrown into this in the beginning of the book. Common sense, anyone?

3) The hot villain is just misunderstood... while his dad/friend/colleagues who do the exact same thing are plain evil

WHY is it ALWAYS that the attractive young people all are in the morally gray area? Right, love triangle. Moving on.


4) The presumably dead parent.... is not dead

I think this has been overdone since Star Wars. Can we just not

5) "I am so ordinary... ""NO YOU ARE NOT!!!"

I just want a human protagonist. Is this too much to ask. Why does every protagonist that gets caught up in a supernatural world also have to be special?

6) Childhood friend is in love with the heroine

That never happens. It never does in real life.

7) "Our love could sink a thousand ships"


I mean while there is nothing wrong with being poetic about loving somebody, often these people
a) have known each other for a week
or
b) HAVE KNOWN EACH OTHER FOR A WEEK.
It's always about the most creative way to express affection, but if you went ahead and asked them to name 3 of the other person's hobbies, they'd be clueless. More friendship, less metaphorical declaration of love.

8) There are three teenage major characters in the book. Of course they all fall in love with someone at the same time.

I don't like this. I'll never like this. Falling in love during high school isn't something that regularly happens. Infatuation, yes, but love is hardly ever a thing, and especially not the kind of love described in 7). Could just one of them stay awkwardly single until the end of the series, please?


What are some tropes that annoy you?

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Annoying YA Tropes That Make Me Want to Cry / Claw My Eyes Out | YA Talk





!!!This is highly sarcastic. If need be, try to fight me on my points. Doesn't make any them less valid, though.!!!





No.7: No means yes: If I tell you to go away that absolutely means "Kiss me and I won't be mad anymore"
If a girl/boy tells you to leave them alone and never speak to them again, don't show up at their house later that day blasting music from a boombox you're not in a goddamn John Hughes movie okay
If only half of the YA love interests did that, we'd have a surprising amount of books that were only 50 pages long.

No.6: "I KNOW I JUST MET YOU BUT I'LL DIE IF YOU EVER LEAVE ME"
I don't know why there seems to be this general impression that co-dependency is romantic... I don't get it, does somebody want to explain? Emotional manipulation isn't cool either.

No.5: I'm not human.... I'm half human, half wizard/fae/loch ness monster
I can't. I just can't deal with this anymore.
Rule of thumb: If you already have a supernatural love interest, don't try to make the other person a supernatural whatever, too.


No.4: "The minute I saw her, I knew we were meant to be"
...totally not because she's smoking hot. I mean, I instantly fell in love with her personality. Like, before we even talked. I could smell her personality.


No.3: The dark broody, smoking, leather-jacket-wearing, too-smart-for-school love interest who writes poetry in his free time and skips class, but is still an A student
You'd think a highly specific trope like that wouldn't be so common. Actually, this is probably one of the maybe five love interests you'll find in popular YA. It's not YA if the love interest isn't a sarcastic dark haired dude with stunning blue eyes the color of the sky at precisely 3pm, am I right?

No.2: Eye colors more important than personality
Who needs a personality when your boyfriend has sparkling sapphire green eyes. Seriously, sometimes I forget people don't only consist of hair and eye colors, do we even have faces? Doesn't seem that important.

No.1: Teenagers reading Charles Bukowksi / T.S. Eliot / Jack Kerouac 
Has anyone ever been a teenager? Nobody enjoys assigned reading. Nobody reads stuff like that in their free time?!! Come on?!!! What are the odds of the two starcrossed lovers to both share an obsession with The Catcher in the Rye? Just don't. Two people who are madly obsessed with some obscure indie band? Okay, that I'll buy, but not J.D. Salinger. 


What are some YA tropes that make you want to leave this planet?



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