This one wasn’t actually as hard to think of as I thought it would be... which I'm glad about. Just some nitpicks I have about YA I guess...
Series these days are the ‘big thing’ and it seems that every hyped up book is the first in a trilogy these days (Paranormalcy, Nightshade, Matched, Delirium…etc.) I want some knock-out stand-alones that keep you hooked and desperate for more, yet with a fitting conclusion that seals up a fantastic book. It shouldn't take three books to develop three-dimensional characters and a solid plot.
- No more love triangles of doom.
- No stereotypical gay best friends.
- No beautiful best friends.
- Less predictability.
- Throw out those stock characters.
- No lame, cheesy titles.
- Creepy and stalkery does not equal hot.
- No more super-sweet, super lovable basically-doesn't-have-a-spine love interest.
- Three-dimensional villains!
I want to read those novels that leaves me reeling, the novels that aren’t afraid to push the edges of acceptable. The novels that dig deep and procure emotion and grit and fire. Thos novels that you can just *tell* the author poured their hearts and soul into it, the ones that are deemed extreme, that are challenged for their bravery.. those books. However, "gritty" does not necessarily have to mean "issues".
Oh man, this one is HUGE. I mean 90% of YA has some aspect of romance, and it does get tiring to read the same thing over and over again. Gimme something new to gush over.
I’ll have a dose of realism with a side of swoon please.
People loving The Piper’s Son
Yup, this one is making the list because I think Melina Marchetta deserves so much more recognition than she’s getting in North America (Well.. I think she’s a big deal xD) And this book is amazing and you should definitely read it (and Saving Francesca, the first book, which rocked my socks off). It's released in March.
What are YOUR hopes for YA in 2011? Agree or disagree with mine?