Well, didn’t expect I’d be doing this, but ready or not, here come the drums.
YA novels, or dystopian-romance/vampire-romance/medieval-with-unrealistic-female-protagonist books, are disappointingly one of three types of novels. I’m sure you have no idea what those three are, so here they are (again):
Dystopian Romance: Let’s see… Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner, basically everything anyone is writing on any of the websites where people write things (pocketwriters.com and figment.com as sources), need I go on? It’s getting really boring. And the sad thing is, the most popular of these series mentioned, Hunger Games, isn’t even that great. It’s a good concept, decent writing, absolutely awful romance, and suffers extreme sequelitis and middle book syndrome.
Vampire Romance: Yep. For some reason, this is a thing. I trust you’re all aware of these books. However, did you know that series spawned more books like it? Yeah…
Medieval with Unrealistic Female Protagonist: I confess, I’m going off my assumptions on this one. That and Limyaael’s rants (http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=limyaael&keyword=Limyaael%27s+Fantasy+Rants&filter=all), but from my brief visit to Barnes and Nobel a few months ago, this trend is still a thing 8 years later. That trend being that medieval societies would not accept or allow a female hero unless under certain circumstances (e.g. Joan of Arc).
So why do I hate these so much? Oh, by the way, I hate these–mainly dystopian, since that’s most common. It’s because they’re so darn easy to pick apart in terms of realism. Admittedly, Ts, who are more logically oriented, don’t tend to write romances in a way that is popular*, at least, according to the books that sell. I suppose I can’t blame Fs for writing according to their personality. It’s fine to be an F, or really any Myers-Briggs, but at least try to make sense.
By the way, when I say rant, that means ramble, which means I’m just spouting stuff. It’s midnight, I’m tired, I don’t really know what I’m saying.
I recently attempted to read a basically dystopian book entitled “Across the Universe.” I will say this: the premise was good. But I have trouble understanding how a book can be so poorly written. Without giving too many spoilers, one of the protagonists acts 11, and then several chapters into the book we learn she’s supposedly 17. Yeah, no. Also, the two protagonists are conveniently both the same age and conveniently fall in love. Well, lust, so it probably wouldn’t last if it weren’t in a book. There were also other logical issues, that could have been fixed with a certain reveal, but as far as I can tell from plot summaries, that reveal isn’t a thing.
I could go on, but just going and reading any of the negative reviews on goodreads, which are disappointingly few and far between, will give you an idea of some of the real issues. That book is a prime example of why I don’t read YA, because YA seems to be dominated by unhealthy Fs with a few slightly healthy or weaker Fs sprinkled around. All the Ts seem to be writing non or adult fiction.
It’s really too bad. I would love to read more YA, because some of the concepts on how the dystopia occured aren’t bad, just need a push in the right direction from logic. Actually, that’s what this rant is really about. I am disappointed in the human race in abandoning logic in favor of true-love-at-first-sight-triangles and unnecessary action.
*For an example of how I write romance, apparently you can look at Synner. According to my brother it was “a well-done love story with no dialogue.” So I guess: shameless plug, a familial relation likes my writing, you should to. (I have realized that I did a poor job describing the Syn, so that’s not so good writing. I’ll let you dislike that part).