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Rewind Week - Top Ten Trends To See More/Less Of
I'm going to separate this one into two categories; the five I want to see less of (which will be the same five I already have featured as Epidemics. My pushy self is even going to link them to their featured YA Epidemic post, so check them out if you haven't already), and the five I want to see more of.
Ready? Here we go!
Top 5 Trends I Want To See Less Of (Linked)
Abusive Boyfriends - Because stalking and controlling is not okay, and neither is glorifying these behaviors in books.
Love Triangles - Okay, maybe you don't hate this as much as I do, but is there anyone out there who doesn't think these have gotten out of hand?
Cliffhanger Endings - My pulse starts racing, my heart is in my throat, and then the book runs out of pages. I just wish not every book had to play with my emotions so much.
Immortal Guy/Teenage Girl Relationships - Tis not smoothness of face nor chiseledness of abs that determines one's age. It's, you know. Their age.
Plot-Device Boyfriends - When every other way to keep our lovebirds apart fails, enter the Plot-Device Boyfriend.
Top 5 Trends I Want To See More Of
Independent Heroins - Let's start showing our teenage girls that a boyfriend is not, in fact, the single most important thing in their lives.
Gritty, Raw Realism - We don't always want to read about the darkest themes and vices, but understanding them is the first step to avoiding them. Keeping growing kids in the dark does no one any favors.
Slow-Building Romance - Because I have never met anyone who found their soul mate in a week.
Multiculturalism - This is something I saw on a different blog the other day, and it stuck with me. There is a serious lack of minority, non-caucasion races and ethnicities in popular YA. In the age of equality, the only question I have is, Why?
Flawed Characters - Everyone wants to be perfect and find someone perfect to be with, but that's never going to happen. Flaws are what make us real. Piling on the virtues but leaving out the bad habits and occasional asswad moments only gives us one-dimensional characters that would never exist in real life.
That's my rewind list! I love the topic and am so glad I got this chance to go back and use it. Do you agree with the trends I listed? What's your TTT Rewind? As always, link to them in the comments so I can show your blog some love!