I’ve read a ton of novels, and after a while, I started to notice common themes. That made me think about what I wanted to see more of. What are we lacking or what needs improvement? I posed this question to my twitter (YAFantasyGuide) followers and I got some interesting answers. Here’s a list of the top answers:
Gay/Lesbian/Transsexual Characters in Major Roles. I would personally like to see more gay characters who are discovering their sexuality, coming out, and experiencing romantic relationships. These are the issues of many teenagers right now in this country and we should see that played out in young adult novels. This issue isn’t being ignored, but I’d like to see more major characters who are homosexual.
Minority Characters in Major Roles. I’d like to see more Black, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian, etcetera characters in young adult novels. I’m not talking about the stereotype characters. I’ve seen enough Indians on reservations and Japanese martial artists to last a lifetime. I’m talking about main characters in normal day-to-day situations. A reflection of the melting pot society we live in today.
Teenagers in the Middle. We’ve seen the obvious popular, nerd, and outsider kids. But what about the kids in the middle? The ones who make the football team, but aren’t stars. The “C” average kids. Those kids are the ones who represent the majority of us. Mostly, I’d like to see more teenage characters who don’t fall into one specific category.
Female Leads Without a Stronger Male Lead. Teenage girls with power. Tough chicks. You know what I mean. Kick those wallflowers to the side. I for one love to see girls kicking butt. Those are the characters I crave. I hate those books where the female stands to the side while her powerful man saves the day. It’s so popular in fantasy and I’m bored. I’m not saying the tough girls aren’t represented, I’m saying I’d like to see more.
What about you? Comment and tell me what you’d like to see.
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