February 8th: Book Trends You’re Tired Of
What are some things you are tired of seeing that are trends in publishing? Maybe something that pops up on a lot of covers these days, or the popularity of certain tropes in a particular genre? Let it out!
1. Romantic relationships curing mental illnesses
One of the reasons why I avoid YA contemporaries which explore mental illnesses is this. my family has a history of developing depression and anxiety, I’ve seen it first hand, so I hate it being used as something portrayed as being easily fixed by a romantic relationship.
2. Creepy lovers
It was not acceptable in Twilight, it still isn’t now. Waking up to a guy watching you sleep is still creepy af! Please don’t romanticise it. I like problematic ships, as long as it’s clear it’s problematic and you don’t try to sell it as a healthy relationship.
3. You’re different/special
Do you know how many characters in YA are “different” or “special”? I feel like nowadays everyone wants to feel like a special snowflake and it’s getting annoying. When a female character (they’re the ones who are often called so) is told they are special/different it makes me want to throw the book at the wall.
I can overlook it but it still bothers me and I’d rather authors gave the characters time to get to know each other before they fall madly in love. I understand instant physical attraction, but don’t tell me that Jonas glanced at Olivia for the first time and fell in love right there, it’s not believable.
5. The Chosen One
Now, I’ll still read the book. I understand that it usually refers to a prophecy and those often require someone to be chosen to save something, but it puts me off a little bit at the beginning.