She listed tired themes in YA fiction, and it really got me thinking.
I'm revealing her list in a series of fives over the next few days.
And then, we'll discuss.
1. Lab partners -where one person does all the work--often the geek who ends up being the love interest. I've read lots of lab partners in YA, sure, usually used as a device to get the two to hook up. The one that comes to mind first is PERFECT CHEMISTRY. But Alex was no geek *swoon*.
Bella: "Anaphase." Edward: "I VANT to DRRRINK your BLOOD. It's like my own special brand of heroine, baby." :D
2. A poor girl who is a scholarship student in a fancy private school. Or some variation of this, like in ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS--but done really well (love that book).
3. Main characters who are the only ones in the world without a cell phone. Hmm, I can only think of books where the cell phone lost reception, or went dead conveniently (as a plot device). My characters carry cell phones, do yours?
4. Guys with gorgeous/stunning/flashing/jewel-like/piercing GREEN EYES (green is the new blue). I am guilty of this. One of my protagonists, Hayden, has those kind of eyes. But he was manufactured from a potion--not human, doesn't that count? :D
5. Clumsy characters who can't dance or play sports to save their lives. One protag comes to mind immediately:Bella, from Twilight. And she's had her day in the sun. So, let's hear it for more powerful and graceful characters--there are a ton out there!
Thoughts? Everything is a recycled idea, anyway. The point is to mix it up, make it your own, and have it seem more unique, no?