WHAT KINDS OF PUBLISHED BOOKS WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE MORE OF?
This is inspired by the Twitter hashtag #RBWL (stands for Reader/Blogger Wishlist), which is basically a place for people to post about the kinds of plots/characters/themes/genres/etc they personally would like to see in more published books.
I love this prompt, because as writers it gives us a chance to truly think about what we’d like to read and then to go forth and write it. Anyway, I have been giving this a lot of thought.
So, my list:
1. Books with multiple perspectives / books that follow the story lines of multiple characters.
I’ve found I really enjoy these books that highlight more than one character. If it’s done well, it adds depth to the story and to the relationship between characters. (This includes both first person narrations and books written entirely in third person).
Examples: Raven Boys, Cinder, Sea of Shadows, Panic, Legend, Game of Thrones, Percy Jackson
2. More retellings.
It’s exciting when I’m already familiar with the storyline, because this means there’s a good chance I’ll like the book. And when the author manages to captivate me with a unique spin on the story, I’m very appreciative.
3. I would like to see futuristic novels that aren’t necessarily dystopian.
(Okay, this was brought to my attention by Emma at Awkwordly Emma. Credit where credit is due.) I love dystopian novels, but for the most part they’re typically about governmental corruption and that gets old. It’s the world-building that excites me every time, so there should definitely be more YA novels with super cool futuristic settings and unique plotlines.
4. Also, while we’re on the subject of dystopia, why don’t we ever see the new (and soon-to-be-corrupt) government being built / constructed?
(Wouldn’t this make for awesome prequels to some of our favorite dystopian novels?)
5. Books featuring healthy family units.
It pains me when so many of the parents/guardians in YA are neglectful, absent, selfish, or abusive. Of course, there is a reality to this. And it makes for excellent conflict. But I would just like to see a healthy familial unit for once, because they do exist. Not to say that “healthy” family units are perfect, because there is no such thing as a perfect person, much less a perfect family.
Examples: Harry Potter (the Weasleys), Raven Boys (Blue’s mother/aunts), Divergent (Tris’ parents), The Book Thief (Hans and Rosa Hubermann)
6. Though I’ve read middle grade mysteries and adult mystery novels, I have yet to read an engaging YA mystery. I think this could be a really beloved genre, if only there were more YA mysteries.
Example: The Cuckoos Calling by Robert Galbraith (It isn’t YA, but it’s a great mystery.)
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