Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten YA Tropes That I Want To Read Less Of
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
1 – Too much romance not enough plot
More and more YA books these days focus so much on the romance that there is barely any plot. The story hinges around the love between two or more characters and nothing else. I hate romance more than most. I’d rather have a solid, twisty plot.
2 – Too much teen angst and talking about feelings (in the first person present tense)
What happened to good old third person past tense, or first person past tense? I’m a fan of first person present when it’s done right–it can pull you into the action. But sometimes it doesn’t work. And a lot of YA books these days are first person, and the main character talks too much about their feelings, and worries too much: Divergent, Red Queen.
3 – A corrupt government
Since The Hunger Games, a lot of YA books have the government or whoever is in charge as corrupt. It would be interesting to see a YA novel where the government are the good guys.
4 – A rebel or resistance force
Like the corrupt government, there is often a rebel force fighting against them.
5 – Love Triangles
I don’t like romance, don’t like love triangle either. They bog down the plot.
6 – A dystopian world
There are so many dystopian worlds that it’s hard to write an original one now, so most of the time they have something, or several things, in common with a world from another book. No water, no trees, desert, flooded etc.
7 – A main character made to be the face of a resistance (links to #4)
A lot of YA books, too many, have main characters like Katniss Everdeen, an unsuspecting hero/heroine who is forced into being the face of the resistance and fight against the corrupt government.
8 – The main character has memory loss
A lot of main characters wake up at the beginning of the book with no or few memories (Maze Runner).
9 – The main character is an assassin
Since Throne of Glass, a lot of books recently released, or being released soon have female assassins out for revenge as the main character.
10 – The main character has lost their parents, family etc.
It worked in the Potter books, because Harry was fueled by those he lost, but it gets old if almost every character in YA fiction is orphaned or separated from their family or their family is murdered.