The Broke and the Bookish asks which trends we'd like to see more or less of. Mine is a combination of the two.
1. More- Dystopian
I've just been really enjoying this particular trend so I'm not ready for it to go just yet.
I'm over you, big time. Unless, of course, you are the gorgeousness that is Eric Northman on True Blood. Then by all means, stick around as long as you like.
3. More Historical Fiction.
I love history. I love books. Historical fiction is just a pairing of my two great loves. Bring it on!
4. Less- Supernatural.
Are there any regular old humans around anymore? Is everyone a werewolf, witch, sifter, etc, etc, etc. It's just over saturated.
5. Less Trilogies and Series
This one irks me to no end. EVERYTHING is a trilogy now. Can I just read one damn book and get the entire story once in a while? I get really sick of waiting years for resolution and having to put up with the inevitable 'filler' of a second book.
6. Less Crappy Parents
This is a big one in YA. Clearly only the kids with the neglectful or absent parents can have interesting lives or adventures worthy of a novel. As a parent, I'm a little unhappy with the way we're usually portrayed in YA lit. Sure there are shitty parents out there but most of us actually care about our kids and where they go and with whom.
7. Less Everlasting Love in High School.
Seriously! How many people do you know met their one and only true love in high school and stayed together forever? Especially nowadays. Sure, I thought I was irreparably and unconditionally in love with every boy I dated in high school. Then I grew up. Again, it does happen but for the most part, your HS love is not the one you end up with. High school dating is like a tasting menu where you find out what you do and do not want in a lifelong partner. It's not eternal, quit telling impressionable girls that it is. You're just building them up for a let down of epic proportions.
8. Less Love Triangles-
This is another big YA thing. I'm just sick of the mousy shy girl getting the two hottest guys in the entire town all in a tizzy over her. Nothing against the mousy girl, they deserve love too. However, it's just so cliche. One of the boys will be gorgeous, mysterious and brooding while the other is gorgeous, sweet and has been her best friend forever without her every even noticing that he's gorgeous. Will she pick the nice guy who she's known her whole life, makes her laugh and loves her deeply? Nope, she's going to pick the angsty, brooding mysterious guy who brings nothing but trouble (and hottness) to her life. Yawn.
9. More- International Settings
One of the reasons I love to read is to explore places I may never get to see. I live in the US so I'd like to read more about those exotic locales that are a little more expensive or impossible to visit.
10. It's a Toss Up- Cheesetastic Romance Covers
I don't read cheesy bodice rippers, it's just not my thing but the covers on some of these are so bad I can't help but groan. Really, some are truly awful. However, without them I would miss out on a little gem known as Supernatural Snark's Cover Critique where she takes these covers and gives her side-splittingly hilarious opinion of them. Seriously, go check it out! She makes me laugh so hard I cry. As long as she keeps doing it, then bring on the crappy covers.
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