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Reading Diaries: Why I dislike YA books.

Dear Diary,

I am sick of the shallow writing and the overused tropes in YA. I think most of the writing is lazy and authors should be ashamed to call themselves writers. YA is like pop music: unoriginal, recycled and clichรฉ. But these are my opinions.

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Definition of Young Adult (YA) Fiction:ย Fiction marketed towards readers ages roughly 12-18. Protagonists are often teens doing bad things.

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YA books are repetitive. The main protagonists almost always seem to have major problems and bisexuality is a recurring theme because some authors know that this is a selling trend and they abuse it. Ca-ching! If someone isn’t gay, bisexual, or a lesbian, the protagonist is suffering from sexual identity. Or their parents don’t care about them. Or someone is suffering from depression and wants to commit suicide. And these books are supposed to be for young adults! What happened to a good old Hardy Boys mystery?

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When authors are not dealing with the sexes, they’re talking about magic, fairies, zombies, witches, and vampires. The protagonists are almost always rude to their parents. Then there are the constant love triangles! It is getting old and boring now. I also dislike perfect endings given that happily ever afters is not guaranteed always. Would it hurt ya toย end onย a forlorn note? Or a note saying that although things didn’t look too good at the moment, the protagonist was willing to work with what she/he have?

Some of these books are dumbed down with generic plots and overplayed themes with nasty characters. The new trend in YA is feminist empowerment and Iย honestly can’t with these adults writing books for young adults to indulge in.ย I feel as if all these YA books are the same stereotypical tropes except for very few.ย 

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That said, I’ve enjoyed a few YA books over the years, but hey, every life has stages.

24 thoughts on “Reading Diaries: Why I dislike YA books.”

    1. I have a few YAs from three or four years aback staring at me from my shelf. I’m not too sure if I’ll get around to reading them, but that’s why I read, so I can expose them for what they really are. Thank you, chica. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. I could not agree more. While there are a few amazing exceptions (one of my favorite books of all time is A Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby, which I was surprised to learn was YA), the majority of YA fiction just has little quality to it. I’ve tried to read John Green, Meg Cabot, and Sarah J. Maas multiple times and I could never enjoy of their books. Like how you said in your other recent post how Hardy Boys to Alex Cross is a good transition from children to adult, I was like that when I was thirteen or fourteen. I never really got into YA and went from children’s to adult’s. But I’m babbling now! Great post!

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    1. I’ll look have to look up A Taste For Monsters. Sounds very interesting. You’re right about the quality. I read books fro John Green and Sarah Dressen, but they held no appeal for me. I still have a few YAs to get through unfortunately. I really hope that I can like at least one or two. I loved Hardy Boys as a young teen and the series still appeals to me. Babbling is welcome. Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I think that you made good points that could be said about any genre. Every genre has certain themes and plots that get overused. TV shows and movies are the same. I think we’re more tolerant of this when it comes to genres we’re particularly interested in. That’s the struggle for an author though, to tell a story in your own way and to give it an original voice. Some authors hop onto trends and cause an influx of certain types of stories. And publishers are responsible for only printing stories that are in line with the current trends.
    One of my favorite authors is Markus Zusak who wrote the YA book “The Book Thief.” He has a way of weaving in the most poetic, emotional, impactful phrases that paint a picture more complete than other authors can create in pages of description. Something that’s not even accomplished in a lot of books written for adults.
    In the end, it’s all about the story and how the author chooses to tell it.

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    1. I was going that route when I first started to write this post, but I just wanted to talk about YA in general. You’re right, though. I like daring authors. I like authors who don’t care about the trends for they write from their hearts. Most YA books are dumbing down the young ones and some of these authors should be ashamed of themselves being parents themselves.

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      1. I always thought writing to cater to the trends would remove the passion from writing. The stories that are building up inside me waiting to be let out have never once considered a trend when forming. I just hope that there will be an audience to read my stories when they make it onto a page.

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      2. Exactly! When I write, I don’t care for trends. I write from the heart even if its just for family & friends. Don’t worry, I am sure that an audience is waiting for your stories. Your writing heart is in the right place.

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  3. I couldn’t agree more! At this point, I will probably not be buying more YA from the last ten years or so, but focus on the older ones like the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. I also enjoy The Three Investigators, Beverly Gray, The Dana Girls (from the same author as Nancy Drew), Brains Benton, and Cherry Ames, but books from those series are much harder to come by and I think they are sadly out of print. But it’s always worth it when I stumble upon one!

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    1. Yes! Those are terrific choices! I recently introduced my youngest sister to Hardy Boys & she loves it! I’ll look into those wonderful suggestions. I’m open to clean & good moral stories where it concerns YA.

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      1. You’re welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚ I started looking into some of those books on Amazon, but you’re right; most of them are of print. Maybe they’ll reboot it one day like The Hardy Boys.

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    1. Yes! Those are the morals I’ll love to see in YAs, but many authors out here are too busy jumping on the trend bandwagon.

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    2. The Sierra Jensen Series is a faith-based YA series that I am enjoying. I’m up to book 5 and it has been fantastic so far. Also, the Jennie McGrady series is a good YA mystery series that is Christian. So good ones do exist! ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish there were more of them out there because most of them aren’t worth reading… and what will I do once I come to the end of those series?! ๐Ÿ˜… Haha.

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  4. I just realized that you pinned my picture from Worship ABC’s; thanks so much!!!
    Have you ever read any of Frank Peretti’s or Ted Dekker’s youth novels? There are a few Christian authors that do a good job with youth action novels; I can’t remember the names of the other authors off the top of my head.

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    1. Not a problem. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve read Ted Dekker’s The Circle series when I was younger; I can’t remember why I stopped reading his books. I’ll have to look into them at some time.

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