Welcome to another week of Top Ten Tuesday! TTT is a bookish meemee hosted by the lovely Broke and the Bookish that gathers a bunch a bloggers together each week and gives them a topic to blog about. With that topic they give a list of their top ten most epic, creative discoveries ever! Or just the first things that pop into their heads.
This weeks topic is “Things on My Reading Wishlist” -things you want to see more of in books — tropes, a time period, a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a certain plot, etc. All those things that make you think I WANT MORE OF THIS IN BOOKS!
As always, if you have comments or something to add to the list, leave it in the comments below or just link back to your own TTT!
Bromance & Sismance
When I read fiction, it’s mostly Young Adult level books because I don’t want the added lewdness and harsher language of New Adult and Adult books. But does EVERY Young Adult book have to include romance? How about a books solely about strong friendships that ARE NOT broken up by a girl/guy or full of drama?
Villain’s Point of View
You mostly see books from the protagonist’s point of view and never really get the entire side of the antagonist’s story. I want to see a book more akin to “Doctor Horrible’s Sing Along Blog” and have the whole book from the villain’s side. Mysteries told by the murder’s POV. Or how about a hostile alien invasion as told by the aliens?
Well, not those guardians. I know it’s probably too much to ask in this day for YA characters to have two fit parents raising them, but can they at least have one responsible guardian? To move plots along most guardians are fine with the teens partying, drinking, having sex with boyfriends/girlfriends, or they are just not present enough for their opinion to matter. How about throwing me for a loop and having a teen get in trouble for their actions for once? Or a cop actually book an irresponsible guardian for giving an underage teen alcohol?
Think of that first time Alice fell through the rabbit hole and found herself in Wonderland. The awe and simple amazement she must have felt. A lot of books now focus on certain aspects or agendas; politics, ‘taboo’ subjects, diversity, or generally what ever is a popular debate in the news. Not to say that hasn’t always been the case with books, but I’ve seen less and less of books that just focused on being… books. Books that were there for the wonderment as seen through the eyes of a character, without having an ulterior motive. (Don’t want your world to end up like ours? Better pay attention to that global warming thing!)
The best heroes are those that are a little bad; the best villains are those that are a little good. What would be amazing is to have a book that alternated their stories, telling the same story from both points of view. The hero is a bit of a jerk. The villain is a bit of a softy. Who is really on the right side? Who’s side do you take? Or that might be part of the plot: figure out just which one is which. Dun, dun, DUN!
I’m a sucker for collecting old books, but I’ve yet to get anything near a book with illuminated art in the pages. But why not start them back up? Sure, it’d be expensive, but how awesome would it be to see a page like that at the beginning of every chapter of an epic fantasy? Or in newer books you see text messages printed across a page as if they were on a phone, so how about reading a spell straight from an old spell book? Anything to add the wow factor.
Reverse Geek Factor
I’ve read dozens of books in which the main character (male or female) is a geeky or nerdy character, but a complete hottie beneath it all! I enjoyed those books. Absolutely nothing wrong with them. But, how about we turn the tables and have the OTHER character TURN geeky? Football star falling for his tutor? Give him a big anime style sword and send him to comic-con with her one weekend. Cheerleader falling for the boy next door? He’ll help her clean up after a party then it’s an all night X-Files marathon!