To recap: I read this article by Joelle Anthony, called Red Hair Is Not As Uncommon As You Think.
She listed tired themes in YA fiction, and it really got me thinking.
I've revealed her list in a series of fives.
You can find the first set, here. And the second set, here.
The final set, is below.
11. Really hot, young-looking moms-often portrayed as main character's best friend. Hmm...I don't think I've come across this. Maybe a younger and hipper mom, but not described as "hot". How about you?
12. Book told in first person, and the description for the main character is given by having her examine herself in the mirror. Guilty, with my first book. Plus, I had a dream sequence, and my MC "woke up" in the first chapter. Cringe-worthy, right? But not always, if done a bit differently, and in later chapters, IMO.
13. Gorgeous, popular younger sisters (used to be older sisters). Can anyone think of one? Buehler...Buehler. In one of favorite books ever, THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE, the older sister was the popular one. Actually, I've I seen lots of only children lately.
14. Tomboys who can't sew or cook, and hate dresses (also very common in historical and MG novels). Oh yeah, I can think of a few off the top of my head. Let's see: THE DUFF, LIAR, maybe SHIVER, except she cooks. Yet, these books were done well.
15. Authors who work vocabulary words into the dialogue and then pass them off as knowledge the characters have because the words are on the SAT list. Interesting. I can't think of a book that does this, but I understand the reason behind it. It's been done in other ways, and I've used this technique myself, to allow more sophisticated language in the pages. I've had my characters refer to something they've heard on TV, or from parents, etc.
The point, for the final time is, that themes are bound to be repeated. Be creative and make the story your own!
See you on Thursday!