Hello lovely followers, and welcome to the very first edition of Caitlin Considers!
I realised that I LOVE discussion posts on other blogs, and yet I've never done one myself! So I thought I'd start up a feature doing just that. Will there be a button...maybe, maybe. We'll see how it goes ;)
This time I'm going to discuss what I want to see more of in YA fiction.
I LOVE adult crime fiction (mostly female American crime writers...recommendations in the comments please!) and yet when I read YA counterparts I'm usually left feeling...disappointed. Why? I just feel they don't get the same amount of richness in the plots. Maybe it is because I'm used to reading the adult ones, but really good crime/thriller novels is something I really want.I felt pretty underwhelmed by Fracture by Megan Miranda and The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting but if you know of any good ones please do post recommendations in the comments!
2. Bad boys
I bet you're all thinking..."WHAT? THERE'S A BAD BOY IN *EVERY* YA NOVEL?!?" But they're all so...cookie-cutter! *stamps feet* I want diverse bad boys! I want genuine, snarky, realistic bad boys. I want Damon Salvatore reincarnated again and again. I want Adrian Ivashkov popping up all over the show. I want Cole St.Clair making guest appearances...okay, I think you get the picture. But I love me a bad boy, I always have and I always will. I'm blaming Spike. Do you agree with me? Or are you sat there screaming at your screen right now? Am I just reading the wrong books?
I love books with diverse characters. I recently read Hollow Pike by James Dawson which has a whole host of colourful characters in it. And I loved the Mexican elements of Perfect Chemistry. I definitely want to see more diversity in books. Cassie Clare is an excellent one for this and she makes it feel so natural! I also hate feeling like I'm reading about the token black person, or the token gay character--that's almost worse! I feel like this is an area that's improving...but I'd still like to see more.
4. UK authors/settings.
This is a BIG one for me. Being a UK resident myself I love reading books set here. I seem to find the writing style a bit more grounded too...whether that's just familiarity or that well-renowned British charm *coughs* I don't know, but I just love them and I wish we had more! Recent favourites have been A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton and Hollow Pike by James Dawson...both British writers with British settings and both astoundingly good reads! I also absolutely adored Sarah Rees Brennan's The Demon's Lexicon trilogy which is one of the funniest series I've ever read. I'm especially interested to hear from non-UK residents on this one...would you like to read more YA written by UK authors and based here?
Other things I'd like to see more of:
Urban Fantasy/I-hated-you-but-now-I-love-you only done really, really well (think Angel by LA Weatherly or The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost)/First person present tense POV/Standalones/Alternative settings/Animals that can talk (okay, that last one is maybe not entirely serious...)
So there we have it! How was my first ever discussion post? What do you want to see more of? Let me know what you agree and disagree with--this is a discussion afterall--in the comments and definitely leave me some recommendations!
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