Sunday, 26 December 2010

FIVE Hopes for YA in 2011

What are the FIVE things I would love to see in YA in the upcoming year?

1.  That more Australian YA authors find their work read on the blogosphere and the outward community.

2.  Paranormal YA become the best version of itself...instead of whatever sells with a pretty cover.

3.  Increased number of male authored YA that authentically represents the teen male experience.

4.  YA romance being represented across the genres in a more realistic light ....aka less emphasis on the love pow.

5.  Deviation from...
  • girls being represented at shy (and being anything but)
  • slutty best friends
  • protagonists who share their authors aged music tastes...when poorly written it comes across as the author pushing their taste as cool...it's not.
  • any thoughts of marriage....very unnecessary
What about you?

13 comments:

Nomes said...

kind of like your first one: i so wish more Aussie YA was easily available internationally. I know a lot of my international readers are interested in the titles I review and they can't get their hands on them :(

Beth S. said...

Loved your list! I agree with all five! (I'm not Australian so I'm not as invested in #1, but I've read some pretty good YA from Australian authors).

Missie said...

Ha. Funny about the music thing. I agree with you, but I'm sure it is a very tough issue to handle. Modern stuff can become dated very quickly and be lost on a lot of readers.

Katie said...

Marriage in YA... yikes! If I want Engaged and Underage, I'll tune in to MTV. And I'm reeeeeaaallllly with you on the more realistic romance front. Good list!

Pixie said...

I really like your list, I am having trouble narrowing down my hopes.

Michelle said...

Great list, though I don't know that I agree with the idea of thoughts of marriage. Some teens do think of it quite a bit so for me it would be more along the lines of writing it more realistically than excluding it at all. Also, making sure it fits in with plot better than just throwing it in because.

YA Book Lover said...

Agreed with most of them, great list!

Kathryn from Schoolmarm Style said...

This is a great list. I completely agree with you about anything romantic especially. I personally would love to see more racial diversity non-traditional couplings (especially gay and lesbian pairings). Even as a white straight ally I can see a need for kids to find characters they identify with.

Elena Solodow said...

Love it. Let's move on from love triangles and do some quadrangles!

scott neumyer said...

Amen to #3! It's about time we get there. :)

Tesni said...

Great list! I agree with pretty much all of these, especially #2.

kate.o.d said...

yes! to number 3!

but also here's to more strong female writers and authentic, strong, intelligent female characters. need to combat the shit i've heard on the radio recently, i think it was eminem and rhianna singing about being burned and liking it...
"Just gonna stand there
And watch me burn
But that's alright
Because I like
The way it hurts"
FUCK NO! COME ON YA LADIES! LET'S BE THE ANTIDOTE TO THIS!

Robyn Bavati said...

Nice list - though as for the last one, thoughts of marriage may be part of the YA experience - it's a cultural thing.