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Cliches in YA Romance

gabrielarava said to fixyourwritinghabits: Hi! I’m in the process of outlining a young adult novel and am very adamant about avoiding cliches in the genre, especially romantic ones. What are some of the most common cliches in YA romances?

Truthfully, I’m a real sucker for a good romance my in YA novels. I’m also quite picky about what I read and ship. I feel like somewhere along the line, this answer turned into “all-the-things-I-hate-about-YA-romance,” but here we go!

The Love Not-Triangle. I don’t mind love triangles, as long as they actually are triangles, not something that looks vaguely like this from the start:

A “love triangle” that adds no suspense because we know by the end of chapter one that A is going to eventually end up with B, and B and C have no relationship other than their competition for A’s affections. It doesn’t matter how great C is, or how badly B treats A, A will end up with B. 

Write a love triangle that actually has the reader guessing who your protagonist will end up with. Write a love triangle with fleshed out characters that includes other complicated non-romantic relationships interfering. Write a love triangle that is memorable. 

Not-Plain Heroine. A heroine that is plain only to her eyes. Often with brown hair. Extremely pretty when she dresses up. Love Interest finds her beautiful all the time. 

The Eternally Smiling White Knight in Shining Armour and the Brooding Baddest Baddass also known as your typical male love interests. Please, give the White Knight some flaws and the Brooding Baddass some reasons for being brooding. Less cardboard cutouts, more rounded characters. 

Tragic Backstory. Everyone needs a backstory, but sometimes it goes too far. Sometimes, backgrounds with abuse and other very serious things are taken lightly and used for the sake of a flashy tragic backstory, to make a “broken” character that can be simply “fixed” by love. 

“I’m dangerous/I’m not good for you/Stay away from me.” Please no. If they really have that level of self awareness, and really are as good as the book later makes them out to be, then they should have made the effort to stay away. If someone said that to me, I’d give the creep a look and walk away. 

Unnecessary and easily solved conflict. If the problem can be solved through an easily do-able 2 minute conversation or a text, then it does not need to be dragged out into 5 chapters of angst. 

Romantic Stalking. I don’t know why this is a thing. Stalking is never romantic, it’s a creepy invasion of privacy. Overly “protective” and possessive guys are not romantic, they’re abusive. 

First Love at First Sight/Insta-Love. Well, we’ve all seen this one. People get crushes, people fall in lust, but two people do not fall in a deep, maddening, meaningful and heathy love within five minutes of meeting. 

The Jealous Third Party who exists for no reason other than to tear the main couple apart. Usually horrible, vapid and shallow. No character development other than to hate the protagonist more and more. 

Straight, cis and white. Not exactly a cliche, but you get the idea. You see a lot of YA out there with straight, cis and white people falling in love, and I’m getting a little tired of it. Of course, writing about other genders/sexualities/cultures takes a lot of work and research, but I highly encourage you to do so! 

The Magical Healing C***. Sex heals wounds. Falling in love cures you of depression. Your relationship means an end to any mental illness you’ve been struggling with. Please, stop right there. Just no. Stop. Don’t do it. 

anonymous asked:

Hi! Do you know fics where they raising Teddy together or something like that? Thanks!

Hello! :) I do know of a few that I hope are new to you. I also know several where Harry is raising Teddy but the fics end with H/D, so I’m linking those as well. I hope you enjoy them! <3

The Ties That Bind by  phoenix_writing (PG-13, 61K)
Summary: Upon Andromeda’s death, Harry and Draco are given custody of Teddy. Their lives will never be the same again.

Like a Real Family by Queenie_Mab (NC-17, 10,8K)
Summary: Harry thought he had all he wanted in life, raising Teddy and being the parent he’s always wanted to be, until he experiences what life with a partner could be like. Now if only Draco wasn’t straight.

It Was We Who Were the Cliché (But We Carried On Anyway) by ignatiustrout (R, 31K)
Summary: When the reconciled Black sisters go on holiday together, Andromeda entrusts Draco, rather than Harry, with five year old Teddy Lupin for three weeks. Harry is convinced she made the wrong choice, and he decides the way to fix this is simply to keep turning up at the manor and refusing to leave Draco alone.

Harry raising Teddy, endgame Harry/Draco:

The White Dragon by sassy_cissa (R, 19,8K)
Summary: Even knights in shining armour need white dragons to save them occasionally.

Trust Me As I Trust You by  maschapluis (PG-13, 11k)
Summary: While working on a high profile case, Harry receives full guardianship and custody over Teddy Lupin. He takes some time off to get to know the boy, but when work calls he had to find someone to take care of Teddy.
Harry finds a babysitter in the one person he never thought would ever want anything to do with him or the small boy, Draco Malfoy.  Teddy trusts Draco instantly and without hesitation, so what’s a wizard to do other than to trust him as well? Even if he can’t be sure to trust himself around the other wizard.

A Second Chance at First Love by taradiane (R, 28K)
Summary: “… I just wanted you to know that you weren’t the only one who’d had a shitty existence for a time. Maybe I hated that you thought I was someone I wasn’t. Maybe … maybe I hated that I thought you were someone you weren’t, but never realised it until Voldemort gave me those glimpses of your life. Our experiences, they weren’t so different after all.”

The Stars Above Us by 606 & create_serenity (R, 19,4K)
Summary:It started as an innocent day out taking Teddy to visit the local observatory. Somehow it became so much more.

Landslide by  libby_drew (NC-17, 25K)
Summary: Harry Potter disappears, taking a sick Teddy Lupin with him. While everyone searches for their missing hero, Draco’s life continues as it always has. Rumors of curses and kidnapping don’t interest him. As Hogwarts’ guardian, he has only one concern: the strange, miraculous events occurring on the cliffs outside the castle walls.

A Lesson in Love and Ice Cream by  protegonox (NC-17, 17,7K)
Summary: The only thing keeping Draco together is his structured routine, which begins and ends with ice cream. Then Potter shows up, godson in tow, and his fragile balance is put to the test.

Muggle Beasts and Where to Find Them by ashindk (R, 8,1k)
Summary: Two single fathers choose the same day to take their children on an outing.

Ties in the heart by digthewriter (NC-17, 8,6K)
Summary: Teddy brings them together, and Draco’s guilt tears them apart.

Sunday, Monday or Always by distempered (PG, 6,1K)
Summary: While raising Teddy Lupin on his own, Harry discovers that he’s got a little future Slytherin on his hands who knows his way around a scheme – especially when that scheme leads to a happily ever after.

Stonewall (Movie) - Whitewashing & Trans Erasure

The plot of the movie follows the perspective of a gay, white, cis-male protagonist. When historically, an African-American, butch, lesbian woman, Stormé DeLarverie, actually accounted for the pivotal moment that sparked the Stonewall riots. Transgender people of color, Marsha P. Johnson or Sylvia Rivera, among others, also played an immense role in Stonewall. The movie is capitalising on the erasure of the people who started the Stonewall movement by whitewashing, cis-ifying and rewriting LGBTQ history.

Conventionally the media presents an image that the world is built by a young generation of white, straight, cis men acting as knights in shining armour. The movie also applies this ideal, although the protagonist is gay, he is still a white, cis-man. In short its about a white boy saving the gays. The movie thus serves as a disservice to the individuals who fought and started the LGBTQ liberation.


Revised on August 7th 2015: Original version made it seem as Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera sparked the Stonewall movement, and although they were pivotal, Stormé DeLarverie’s involvement ignited the Stonewall movement. 

anonymous asked:

Hello :) I was wondering if you know of any fics that take place during the war where Harry and Draco get together? I am currently looking but can't find any :) if you don't know of any thank you anyway :) love this blog! :)

*EDIT* Hi i’m so sorry, there seems to be some sort of mix up with the questions! Not quite sure what happened, but this the original answer for this question. Apologies again! 

> Hi there, I’ve already recced War Au Fics here :) 

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Thank you, that’s so sweet of you to say! And here you go :)

DRARRY + TEDDY

Systemic Morality (zeitgeistic)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 34,014, Summary: One screw-up changes everything. Harry really should learn to lock the door before having sex with Draco when his godson’s around. A tale of hot, steamy, flowing love—for Padma Patil and Theodore Nott. A tale of colossal screw-ups and slow, flangsty (sexy) resolutions for Harry and Draco.

It Was We Who Were The Cliché (But We Carried On Anyway) (ignatiustrout)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 31,075, Summary: When the reconciled Black sisters go on holiday together, Andromeda entrusts Draco, rather than Harry, with five year old Teddy Lupin for three weeks. Harry is convinced she made the wrong choice, and he decides the way to fix this is simply to keep turning up at the manor and refusing to leave Draco alone.

Rules Were Made To Be Broken (leela_cat)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 7,966, Summary: Harry’s week is off to a rocky start: Teddy’s being bullied by bureaucratic assholes at primary school, he missed the first meeting of a club he’s sponsoring at Hogwarts, and Draco Malfoy can’t seem to decide whether to yell at him or flirt with him. And then there are the rules…

A Lesson In Love And Ice Cream (protegonox)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 17,700, Summary: The only thing keeping Draco together is his structured routine, which begins and ends with ice cream. Then Potter shows up, godson in tow, and his fragile balance is put to the test.

Don’t Blame Me (It Was All A Blur Last Night) (nerakrose)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 18,976, Summary: “Stop moving, Potter,” Malfoy mumbled from where his head was buried under a pillow. “You’re disturbing my hangover. Also, why are you still here?”“This is my hotel room,” Harry told him.

Obliviation (dysonrules)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 26,000, Summary: When Harry decides to quit Auror Training in order to care for young Teddy over the summer, he has quite enough to worry about without Pansy Parkinson dumping a mute Draco Malfoy on his doorstep.  Now he has to figure out who attacked Malfoy and why he was Obliviated, all while trying to ignore his growing attraction to the man.

The Ties That Bind (phoenix_writing)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 61,000, Summary: Upon Andromeda’s death, Harry and Draco are given custody of Teddy. Their lives will never be the same again.

Bad Faith In Name, But Gracious In Nature (megyal)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 13,260, Summary: Wizarding children have developed a life-threatening condition caused by an old curse. The cure is to be found in the Malfoy Library; surprisingly, Malfoy is willing to help, but only if Harry helps improve his standing in the Wizarding community. (Contains a fair amount of Ted ‘Teddy’ Lupin.)

The Tell-Tale Owl (romaine24)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 23,000, Summary: Teddy meant well. He just wanted to give Harry the same thing he always wanted…parents. Unspeakable Teddy Lupin comes across a scroll with the Potter seal on it. The only problem is that he found it in a birdcage resting on a cloud high up in the sky.

A Second Chance In First Love (taradiane)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 27,908, Summary: “… I just wanted you to know that you weren’t the only one who’d had a shitty existence for a time. Maybe I hated that you thought I was someone I wasn’t. Maybe … maybe I hated that I thought you were someone you weren’t, but never realised it until Voldemort gave me those glimpses of your life. Our experiences, they weren’t so different after all.”

The White Dragon (sassy_cissa)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 19,892, Summary: Even knights in shining armour need white dragons to save them occasionally.

Sing, For The Sea Belongs To Me (leontina)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 14,921, Summary: An unfortunate circumstance means that Harry gets sole responsibility of Teddy. Another unfortunate circumstance means that Teddy won’t stop screaming unless he has a blood relation nearby. Enter Draco, and suddenly things aren’t so unfortunate anymore.

Lonely Moon (eleventy7)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 65.7k, Summary: More than a decade after the Battle, Harry returns to Hogwarts as a professor and discovers a student with a familiar face and an unexpected past..

The Plan (eidheann)

Rating: PG, WC: 1,652, Summary: Uncle Harry and Cousin Draco are sad. That’s okay, Teddy has a plan.

Like A Real Family (Queenie_Mab)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 10,834, Summary: Harry thought he had all he wanted in life, raising Teddy and being the parent he’s always wanted to be, until he experiences what life with a partner could be like. Now if only Draco wasn’t straight.

The Stars Above Us (6o6)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 19,426, Summary: It started as an innocent day out taking Teddy to visit the local observatory. Somehow it became so much more.

Where Your Heart Is Set (hazel_wand)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 13,370, Summary: Draco comes home from school to find that his mother has decided to rebuild their family to include Andromeda, Teddy … and Harry Potter.

Pumpkin Patch (lotus_lizzy)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 5,795, Summary: Someone intrudes on Harry and Teddy’s annual trip to Summersby Farms.

Ties In The Heart (digthewriter)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 8,600, Summary: Teddy brings them together, and Draco’s guilt tears them apart.

Landslide (libby_drew)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 25,000, Summary: Harry Potter disappears, taking a sick Teddy Lupin with him. While everyone searches for their missing hero, Draco’s life continues as it always has. Rumors of curses and kidnapping don’t interest him. As Hogwarts’ guardian, he has only one concern: the strange, miraculous events occurring on the cliffs outside the castle walls.

The Years Before Love (Lomonaaeren)

Rating: PG-13. WC: 13,198, Summary: Harry didn’t ever dream he could have a family beyond the Weasleys. But then, at one point he didn’t dream he could have a family beyond the Dursleys, either. He tries not to think too much about those years, but in a way, they’ve made him what he was and given him what he has now.

Sunday, Monday Or Always (distempered)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 6,168, Summary: While raising Teddy Lupin on his own, Harry discovers that he’s got a little future Slytherin on his hands who knows his way around a scheme – especially when that scheme leads to a happily ever after.

The Tree House (lotus_lizzy)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 25,000, Summary: Harry needs the perfect gift for Teddy’s 5th birthday. What could be better than a Custom-Made Life-Size Tree House? If only life were so easy.  

A Song For You (unbroken_halo)

Rating: PG, WC: 2,400, Summary: Draco and Harry teach Teddy about music in the Wizarding world.

The Miniature Matchmaker (flamingolady)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 12,238, Summary: Teddy is plotting to get his unhappy godfather and cousin to spend more time together so that they will be happy and get married and he will have all of his cousins to play with all the time.

Operation - Cheer Up Uncle Harry (anon)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 15,465, Summary: Teddy has a plan. His newly divorced godfather and widowed cousin have been circling around each other for ages. After trying on his own to help get them together he brings in the Cavalry but was it really necessary?

Muggle Beasts And Where To Find Them (anon)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 8,178, Summary: Two single fathers choose the same day to take their children on an outing.

Vulnera Sanentur (anon)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 5,850, Summary: Harry can’t believe what’s on the list of required textbooks Teddy needs for his next year of Hogwarts. For DADA it’s Some Bloody Idiot Might Cast It, So You’d Better Be Able to Counter It by Draco Malfoy. Harry thinks the title refers to him casting Sectumsempra on Draco Malfoy in their sixth year and goes to confront him.