Yes, I do realize this was a Top 10 Tuesday post a while ago, but since today is neither Tuesday, and I don’t have merely 10 things, I don’t think it’s too much of a problem to post this today. One day I will actually post one of these things on a Tuesday, but that will probably not be until the future.
Anyway, here’s my list!
1.) More of the Enemies>Friends>Lovers trope. Not gonna lie, but I’m in love with this trope, and it want to read more books with it. I find it so romantic when two people start off on opposite sides of a conflict, slowly become friends, and then realize that there’s something more. In all reality, I think I just want this because I was a hardcore Zutara shipper during the Avatar: The Last Airbender series. You know we were cheated out of our Zutara moment, fans!
2.) Books set during the Civil Rights Movement. There aren’t many YA historical fiction books set during the Civil Rights Movement, and it’s a shame. It’s unfortunate because teenagers and young adults were the backbone of the Movement. If I don’t see this soon, I might have to write my own.
3.) Books set during The Great Depression. The Great Depression was an important yet tragic time in American history. I think it’d be a good idea to see novels about teens riding the rails or even maybe a Robin Hood retelling set during this time period.
4.) No more girl-on-girl hate. I’m so tired of girls hating each other simply because one is more popular or because one wears more make-up. I especially hate when girls who are supposed to be friends end up hating each other because they fought over a boy. I was so annoyed when I recently read a book where two girls who have been friends since preschool end up feuding because one decided to date the other’s crush. Real friends don’t act that way.
5.) Study abroad novels. I know there’s a whole series dedicated to this premise but they’re literally not anywhere I know except online. I don’t even see them at my library and honestly I don’t even know if they’re any good. Anyway, I love books where characters travel overseas and experience a culture shock. Or even having a foreign character comes to the U.S.
6.) More time travel books. I want a Magic Tree House series but for YA. I was obsessed with the Magic Tree House as a kid and I would love to have a series where characters all over time to participate in hi-jinks and shenanigans.
7.) More girl-friend groups. The years I spent in high school and middle school were awesome NOT because of any lasting romances, but because of the amazing friends I had. I’d love to see more groups of girls being friends, and possibly kicking ass and taking names together. Like the Sailor Senshi!
8.) Fairy-tale retellings of diverse mythologies/folk tales/fairy-tales. Don’t get me wrong. I love Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, but I’d like retellings of Asian, Latinx, African, or Aboriginal folklore too!
9.) More epic fantasies where the protagonist is a female. The fantasy industry has largely male main characters, and I’m kind of getting bored with it. As a writer who’s currently penning a (hopefully) epic fantasy of her own, this definitely needs to happen.
10.) Books set during the 1990s. I want to see more YA books set during the 1990s and early 2000s. These years shaped my childhood and I would love to see books that talk about 90s pop culture…
11.) DIVERSITY (especially in fantasy and sci-fi)!!! I know this was probably on everyone’s list, but I really mean it. As a biracial woman, it infuriates me that people can get mad because there’s POC in a fantasy world where there’s talking frogs, magic, and…I don’t know, flying pigs. Like really? There needs to be more representation of everyone whether POC, LGBTQA, or disabled characters.
Honorable Mentions: Fantasies involving the Zodiac signs, powerful female superheroes, more magic boarding schools/colleges, and soooooo much more!