The prompt for this month’s Teens Can Write, Too! blog chain is:
“What is something you feel is generally written well in fiction? What is something you feel is generally written poorly?”
I’m going to focus on what I think is generally is written poorly, because let’s be honest, complaining is so much more fun that complimenting. So let’s start with number one then, relationships in families. I don’t know about other teenagers out there, but at the moment my family are a huge part of my life, so why are families so badly represented in fiction? Probably because, actually having parents who care about what their kid is doing can be awfully inconvenient and such a hassle. Absolutely loads of charcraters in YA fiction are either orphans or have at least one parent missing, Let’s pause and think about that for a moment, you’ve got Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Clary Fray, Tessa Gray, Katniss Everdeen. Very few authors can actually be bothered to write about parent child relationships, because parents get in the way of adventures, right? Wrong. I completely understand that it is more difficult to have parents, because in real life parents stop teenagers from doing things they want to. But let’s think again shall we? Ron Weasley, Hermione Grainger, Annabeth Chase, Simon Lewis all have families and parents and they are somehow able to go on these adventures, so why can’t the main characters have parents too?
Number two is diversity. Now, before you all shout at me, I know there have been recent efforts and campaigns to promote diversity in YA novels, however I really as if it shouldn’t be something people should have to campaign for. Everyone should be able to open a book and see themselves reflexed in the main character. I am in the lucky position that actually there are a lot of main characters that look like me, however I know a lot of my friends aren’t in the same boat and they should be.
Voila! There we have it. I think I should stop there before I go off in a rant and start to sound like Scrooge even though I absolutely love YA novels.
Like this blog chain topic? Check out the rest of the posts throughout the month:
11th – http://kirabudge.weebly.com/
29th – https://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/ (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain.)