Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.
This week’s topic is “top ten things on my reading wishlist,” which should include things that I’d want more authors to write about. Considering how many different genres and writing styles there are, this is actually a really hard list to come up with… but here goes:
1. A story where there’s no romance
It seems like every YA story has to have romance or a love triangle (or both) and a lot of times the romance that results feels contrived and awkward. Or, worse, it takes away from an awesome plot and ruins my enjoyment of the story.
2. Character deaths
After finishing the Song of Ice and Fire series (so far) by George R. R. Martin, I’ve noticed that a lot of authors have a reluctance to kill of any of their characters. In a lot of situations, you know that there’s no real reason to worry about the characters since the protagonist’s going to live anyways; it takes away the tension and makes the story less engaging.
3. Sympathetic villains
One of my least favourite things is reading a story where the world is all black and white: the protagonist is good, and the villain is bad. Morally ambiguous characters make stories so much more interesting and real, so it’d be nice to see more of those.
4. Boarding schools
I was never able to attend a boarding school, despite my mother’s countless threats to send me to one. As a result, I love to live vicariously through stories about them, like Looking for Alaska and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. Since the general consensus is that people there either have an excellent time, carry out excellent pranks, join secret societies, or are nearly murdered, this setting always makes for an interesting read!
And not of the Harry Potter variety (though I still wouldn’t complain if a Marauders series was created…). One of my favourite books about magic is The Night Circus, so it would be lovely to see more circus magicians in stories — or more circuses in general…
As a Canadian myself, I’ve been hard-pressed to find YA books that take place in Canada. Which is really quite a shame, because it’s such a pretty country and I get so excited when an author mentions a place that I’ve been to. And, you know, we get a lot of snow, which could be used to make up for the severe lack of wintery/Christmasy books out there.
7. Historical fiction involving Russia
In high school, I took a European history course, and I quickly found myself hopelessly fascinated by Russian history. I even wrote a paper on Lenin’s involvement in the Bolshevik Revolution. Unfortunately, I’ve only read one YA book on the subject, so hopefully I’ll come across others soon!
8. University settings
As a second year university student, I was so excited when Fangirl was released and perfectly captured the feeling of my first year. I still consider myself a young adult (even though I’m slightly terrified that I’m going to be 20 in a month!), so it’d be nice to see that represented in more YA fiction. Especially if it doesn’t involve an attractive guy swooping in and rescuing a girl from something since a big part of university is discovering yourself, which could make an excellent story in and of itself.
9. Familial relationships
Missing parent syndrome is a problem in so many books, so I’d love to see more stories like Unspoken or My Life Next Door where the protagonist’s family plays an important (and present) role in their lives. And after watching Frozen for the second time, I really want to read some books with lots of sibling love.
10. Serial Killers
I blame Dexter for giving me a fascination with serial killers and the inner workings of their minds. And after finally catching up on Hannibal, this fascination has been renewed. I’d love to see more YA novels like Barry Lyga’s Jasper Dent series, since I Hunt Killers was so good.