Tuesday, January 21, 2014
TTT - Top Ten Things on my Reading Wishlist
It's time to link up with the Broke and the Bookish again!
Today's topic: Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist (if you could make authors write about these things you would. Could be a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a time period, a certain plot, etc.)
You'd think this would be an easy one, but I actually found it really tricky to pinpoint things that I'd love to read. Still, I managed to come up with ten, so let's get on with it, shall we?
1. More YA books/series without love triangles.
There are no words for how much I hate love triangles. Especially when they're actually a couple and then a dude who got butthurt because the girl didn't pick him (see also: Twilight). But they seem to be de rigueur these days for some reason. Still, it would be FABULOUS to see the obligatory love triangle disappear forever.
2. More female characters who aren't afraid to hide their geek side.
There seem to be any number of books out there in which the main female character secretly loves comic books or Lord of the Rings or is really into fandom, but they're scared to tell their friends because OMG EVERYONE WILL JUDGE ME. Dude, if your friends judge you for who you really are, then they're not really your friends. I want books where they're not afraid to show off what they love, where they meet the love of their life while cosplaying or wearing a fandom t-shirt or in line for a midnight premiere.
3. More books set in Australia.
I secretly fangirl a little when I stumble across a book set in Melbourne. Everyone likes that little "Ooooh, I know exactly where they're talking about!" feeling when a book is set somewhere that they know. And yet, an increasing number of Australian authors set their books in the US or the UK or in a completely new world. I get it, I really do. I just wish there was more stuff set here. You know, YA books where the teenagers can't drive and the school year starts in February and they have to catch the tram to school wearing a uniform that includes a ridiculous hat because slip slop slap, dammit.
4. A love triangle where the guys pick each other.
This one sprang up as an evil plan in regards to the standard YA love triangle - that it would be great to have a book where the pretty rich white girl dithers so much about which boy she likes that they get sick of waiting for her and go off together. But the more I think about it, the more it's genius. Whether they end up as a bromance who realise that the girl is clearly a moron who can't make a decision to save herself or whether they both realise that they're bisexual and end up as a couple, I think it would be a fabulous twist.
5. Dystopia caused by natural disasters.
Dystopian books at the moment seem to be predominantly of the Evil Government Screwed Us Over variety. I'd really like to see more where the breakdown of society was caused by a volcano (like in Ashfall) or a new ice age or a tsunami or an earthquake or whatever, and society has to rebuild itself from scratch.
6. More POC characters, especially in fantasy and historical fiction.
It drives me insane when I read books in which literally every single character is white and WASP-y. I've never had a single class or job or ANYTHING in my entire life that was exclusively Anglo. To write books as if that's the case is crazy. And when it happens in fantasy - when an author has created an entire world in which everyone is Anglo - I want to scream. Historical fiction is no better. England had the biggest empire the world has ever seen. You really think nineteenth century London was populated exclusively by white people? NOPE. Multiculturalism has been around since Roman times, yo. Put it in your stories.
7. More dragons.
Do I really need to say more? Dragons are awesome. (Yes, I've read Naomi Novik's Temeraire series)
8. More protagonists in YA who aren't skinny and gorgeous but convinced that they're "just okay looking" and who are shocked when all the boys want to date them.
Give me more characters who are overweight but don't need to change to achieve their dreams. Give me more girls who dye their hair blue or pink or green. Give me more boys who wear eyeliner. Give me characters who are overcoming eating disorders or who are struggling with mental illness or who have a visible disability. Give me characters who fall at all points on the Kinsey scale, whether they're struggling with it or have known for years. Give me characters who could be real, rather than a never ending stream of Mary Sues.
9. More YA books with no romance whatsoever.
I want books where the characters go on adventures or fight big battles or whatever they were going to do otherwise, but without all the "OMG, HE'S HOT. Let us face-nom" stuff that has a tendency to slip in no matter what.
10. More alternate histories or retellings of books that AREN'T Pride & Prejudice.
I love alternate histories. The ones I've read so far have been completely made of win. So why aren't there more of these? Along those lines, why is it that there are SO MANY retellings and modernisations of Pride & Prejudice but there are almost none of other classic novels? Sure, there are some that really don't work, but there are others that would be perfect. And yet...
Get on it, authors!
What's on your reading wishlist?