Why is it that when we’re complaining about the homogeneity of the YA adventure genre, it’s always framed in terms of stories about A Very Special White Girl And Her Mysterious Brooding Boyfriend? I mean, yeah, that’s a thing, but it’s vastly outnumbered by stories about A Very Special White Boy And His Nonthreateningly Quirky Girlfriend. Like, why are we singling out the girl as emblematic of everything that’s wrong with the genre?
every author that tricked me into reading a pointless, boring romantic subplot when their book summary promised me a plot that did NOT involve romance and wasted precious pagetime focusing on two bland white people making googly eyes at each other instead of the thing i actually bought the book to read owes me $5
- A Court of Thorns and Roses
- A Court of Mist and Fury
- Throne of Glass
- Six of Crows
- Rainbow Rowell
- YA fiction
- Books in general
Hi, guys, I am a newcomer with an unhealthy obsession for books and the series mentioned above, so my blog will pretty much be revolving around them and the books that I have yet to discover. So, if you are a book junkie too and post about books a lot, let me know!
“Not everyone has to be the Chosen One. Not everyone has to be the guy who saves the world. Most people just have to live their lives the best they can, doing things that are great for them, having great friends, trying to make their lives better, loving people properly. All the while knowing that the world makes no sense but trying to find a way to be happy anyway.”
He is our greatest threat. And you are our greatest hope.
Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell, revolves around the ‘Chosen One’, Simon Snow, who lacks control over his magic, and shares a dorm with his rival, Baz, who he believes is a vampire. In his eighth year at Watford, while trying to organise his happy ending, and fight off the Insidious Humdrum, he finds help, love and courage in places he never dreamed of. A spin off on Rainbow Rowell’s novel, Fangirl, focusing on the novel Cath was such a fan of.
I actually read this before I read Fangirl, and it didn’t make a difference at all. It was a beautiful book, with a quirky mix of humor and angst, it was a great read. I have never been so thankful for my best friend’s book recommendations in my life. It’s almost a semi-AU of Harry Potter, with many similarities to the legendary series, but also enough difference for it to be a completely new novel.
The novel challenged stereotypes, with the ‘worst chosen one to be chosen’, Ebb the powerful magician just wanting to tend to her goats, and Agatha Wellbelove, not wanting to be the princess in a fairy tale ending with Simon. There’s also the fact that two of the main characters are LGBT representatives, which makes the story more unique.
Why is this still a thing? I just saw yet another article trying to recommend a few female authors as though they’re some rare species. The suggestions turned out to be just as boring as every other list: Rowling, Austen, Rowling, Bronte, Rowling.
I don’t know why people keep struggling to come up with 5 amazing female authors (or even making these lists. Like whyyy). So let me now walk over to my bookshelf and rattle off some names of my favorite modern female authors… (also, enjoy my attempt to break my endless “YA fantasy” books into groups).
If you’re searching for that super elusive book written by a woman, try:
Janet Lee Carey
Janet B. Taylor
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Sarah J Maas
Maria V. Snyder
Mary E. Pearson
Sara B. Larson
Jennifer A. Nielsen
Diana Wynne Jones
Gail Carson Levine
Cinda Williams Chima
Danielle L. Jensen
Lori M. Lee
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Jenn Marie Thorne
Tamara Ireland Stone
(Sorry to Leigh Bird Dog and anyone else whose name autocorrect couldn’t deal with if I didn’t catch it).
These are just the books I happened to glance at, so feel free to add! And then maybe this can stop being a thing…