There are a lot of gaping holes in the book world, in my opinion. There are so many stories and diverse point-of-views we have not seen explored. Indulge me while I discuss some of what I want to see in the future.
- I want multisexual black queens that transform into badass dragons
As soon as I saw Adam Silvera talking about gay dragons in this guest post on Gay YA, my immediate reaction was, “WHY ISN’T THIS A THING?!”. Can you imagine how badass that would be?! Two dragon queens that are WoC or two dragon kings fighting crime against some corrupt dragon time lord or warring against other dragon/species clans?! I WANT!
- I want more POC MC’s that are involved in other minorities (re: intersectionality)
An example is above, but like mental illness in there, too, maybe—no, definitely.
Authors seem afraid that publishing will think it’s too much. And I’m over here dying for it. There are people who need it. Like, the other night,–ha, June 30th—there was an epic two-fer of a Gay YA chat. We were discussing MHTN (More Happy Than Not) and NotA (None of The Above) and someone inquired why Kristin wasn’t Poc, and the reply was something along the lines that the author was afraid publishing would think it’s too much. Now, i’m not judging her on that, like she was a debut so I see where she was coming from, I’m not holding it against her, she was a debut so I see where she was coming from. But that shattered my soul. You know? Great progress that didn’t happen.
- I want more rep of other sexualities in YA
I legit asked everyone I knew on Twitter about recs for books with pansexual MCs, I asked myself, I had Jeanne ask, and have that retweeted about 9-10 times, and all I got was a handful of recommendations? The majority not even from the last decade? That’s maddening.
- I would like to see more kickass females in normal stories
Why always the boyfriend, or longing for one? I just…that’s so fucking unrealistic to me, though. Teenage girls aren’t just waiting around for their crush or madly in love with someone. In reality, they may be more worried about keeping up with their hobbies, balancing their busy lives, and getting into a good college. I rarely see that, and it irritates me. I would like more kickass females that deadass do not have a love interest. They have well developed friends, besties, and hobbies and no love interest, at all.
- I want more books that are like Fans of The Impossible Life. Books that are real, writing of high quality, and other aspects of diversity that seems to be ignored. Fans of The Impossible Life is a multi-diverse story, but it’s the only one. Where are all the others?
YA disappoints me for a variety of reasons. I could talk about that for a while. From adults who think stories of teens are too much, or something that they wouldn’t be able to market, or just wouldn’t sell; to so many stories that are missing in YA that shouldn’t be, to the voices that are constantly ignored or crushed down by the privileged when they try to speak up to the way that some adults treat teenagers nowadays. It seems like nowadays YA is crafted more for adults than teenagers, and it annoys me more than I can possibly articulate in one post. Overall, I’m sick of yearning for stories that should already exist in YA.
UPDATE: Here are some recs I took from #OWNvoices for some gaps that have been filled. Specifically, John Hansen (you can’t not know who that is at this point, if you don’t, how??? Allow me to fix this serious problem by telling me), and specifically relating to trans/non binary novels written by trans/non binary authors. ALL LINKS lead to Amazon which will have a synopsis. Please check them out. If you want a summary even shorter and quicker, here is the link to John’s thread of tweets aka my resource here.
What is something missing that you would like to exist? Do any of the things I want exist? If so, PLEASEEEEE leave your recs! I’m begging!