Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Top Five Trends in Young Adult Literature That Are Pissing Me Off

Special thanks to Jenn Ladd from Booksessed for this video idea. If anyone else has a top five video idea, or an idea for a video in general, let me know and I'll do it. Warning: this video contains a few curse words. Also, wahoo for one take and no editing.

45 comments:

  1. Adam, you're making me dizzy hon. You need to keep still in your video's ;)

    I don't agree with a lot of your points but it was somewhat amusing. However, Divergent is awesome. Period.

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    1. I had to get up to pace for this one. It's what I do when I get really worked up.

      Noooope. The more I think on Divergent the more I walk away not liking the first 80% of it. I just can't get behind it.

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    2. THANK you! Everyone loves Divergent but I think it's because it's just getting off on Hunger Games hype... it was good but overrated. It just wasn't really original to me.

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  2. LOVE this list and I agree with almost all of it. I had a zillion thoughts about this one. Mostly I just chuckled though because you're so passionate about everything.

    Before you are bored with your videos, I will be able to draw a floor plan of your apartment, minus the Christmas tree.

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    1. Are you taking notes on my apartment? If you noticed, the tree is down now.

      I get passionate angry but also froth-at-the-mouth angry sometimes.

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    2. I'm not taking notes on your apartment but you're dancing with your camera. I liked it, it was fun.

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    3. Wait, YOU TOOK DOWN the tree? Good job! I'm really proud of you.

      Although I'm slightly disappointed that you won't be decorating the tree seasonally with random objects.

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  3. Word. Especially the trilogy one.

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  4. I agree with most of your points. Especially the fact that we have to wait 2 years in most cases to rearch the end of a trilogy. There is almost always a cliffhanger of an ending and then another year of waiting.

    I can't think of a time when I have seen cerulean blue used. Maybe it just hasn't hit a nerve..so it left little to no impact.

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    1. Is that the worst part? Wouldn't it be easier to just make it one book?

      I can think of a dozen or so examples off the top of my head. Okay. I can't. But it grates my cheese when it happens.

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  5. I would have included pointless love triangles!

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    1. This should've been my number six. Or three.

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    2. Yes! I'm so sick of love triangles. They're usually sleazy and unnecessary.

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  6. This is such a great list. It made me laugh a lot. I agree with all your points, especially dumb girls and trilogies. Though I think "I love Star Wars but sometimes you want Pulp Fiction" speaks for itself.

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    1. I almost went a week without talking about Star Wars on this blog. Sigh.

      Think about dumb girls in trilogies. Gosh, that's just a lot of wasted paper, but I still read them sometimes.

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  7. I hate dumb girls. I recently read City of Bones and the lead girl is just used as this trigger device throughout the book. I feel like the plot shouldn't be dependent upon that one character's choices. Especially with such a big cast of characters most YA books include.
    YES I want more characters like Augustus Waters.

    I'm tired of when authors use a certain saying or word a LOT in one chapter. In Daughter of Smoke and Bone (which is a good book overall), she says "lazy smile" or something like that a bunch of times in the first few chapters, and thankfully drops it after that.

    YES I WANT MORE STAND ALONES. Oh my gosh. I don't have time to read this series that is going on 1200 books. Your world isn't THAT interesting. This is why I am more than happy to read books from John Green, Jackson Pearce, Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Dessen, and David Levithan. They don't try to push their books to be series.

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    1. I read City of Bones last month. I had the same opinion about it, basically.

      I'm reading Smoke and Bone soon, and I certainly hope that phrase doesn't pop up often because now I really will notice it.

      Yes! I think it's the sign of a good writer when they can tell a story in one book and not have to span it over so many volumes. This whole "I have to write three books to tell my story" nonsense needs to end.

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  8. Haha, loved this post and I agreed with pretty much all your points (though I haven't come across too many descriptions of cerulean stuff -- I'll probably see it all the place now :P). My biggest peeve is the trilogy thing, mostly because I think it's a cash cow thing (though that's not always the case). They totally don't need that three-book deal, but they know consumers will buy it (though I'm not always sure why..) so why not make the extra cash?

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    1. Now you'll notice and it'll drive you crazy.

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  9. I loved June! And Legend for that matter. :)

    You already know my thoughts on Divergent. I will not speak anymore of it :)

    You wanna know what I hate in regards to characters descriptions, specifically of males?! "His nose was slightly crooked like he had his nose broken at one time." "His nose had a bump that was probably from getting his nose broken when he was younger." <----Do guys really break their noses this often that every single male in every single book has broken their nose...possibly?! Ugh, annoying.

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    1. Oh wow. I just mentally flashed on about 15 different young adult novels that do this.

      Oh wow. Just... wow. Yeah. If there's ever a second part to this list that makes it in.

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  10. Hey! Where's the other part of the list? (:

    Yeah, Agree with you, in most of the points, at least. Because, IT'S true how nearly all the books are part of a trilogy or serie, but that's more part of the marketing & money-lust, you know.
    & the way to make people wrap the book & go running for the next-in-the-row are cliff hangers, mysteries & all that stuff.

    &, hey! Amy is not a dumb girl... I mean, yeah, i was like '& what you thought would happen without a trunck, you kickass??" But certainly SHE is way smarter than Elder. For god's sake, he's an idiot!!

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    1. I thought that as well but I don't want to assume that. Most writers, I think, just want to tell their story. Mostly all authors are not millionaires like Suzanne Collins or Stephanie Meyer and never have a chance of being one.

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  11. I agree with your list (though not all of your examples). No more trilogies! At least for a little bit. In my top 5 favorite books of last year, 4 of 5 were standalones! One I would put on my list is too many teenage man-whore love interests. "I've slept/made-out with so many girls, but now that I've met you you're my one and only." Screw that crap. I still think it's gross. I might actually prefer the mysterious guy to that one.

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    1. Oh man, I haven't read any like that thankfully (I know, everyone loves Divergent but me).

      I think I would prefer the mysterious guy to that one as well but at least we know their motives and they seem more real. I feel like we're talking about Elder from Across the Universe now. If you watch my review I mention how his only motives are to get teh sex from Amy. That kind of character, for me, is less frustrating than the mysterious guy cliche.

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  12. I completely agree with your list, especially the need for more standalone books instead of series or trilogies. Nearly all of the paranormal or dystopian books I've read recently are part of series, but most of the contemporary books I read tend to be standalone. Maybe I should just start reading more contemporary novels? They often end up as my favorites anyway.

    I am glad to hear that you loved The Fault in Our Stars because I just bought that book this weekend and am very excited to read it (and get to know everything about the male love interest, haha!).

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    1. I am going to make the switch to more contemporary once I'm caught up on a few more books (Delirium and Cinder right now). I really enjoy books like Anna and the French Kiss, for instance. But then I read a book like Legend by Marie Lu and I fall completely in love with it.

      You will love it. If you don't cry a little you aren't human.

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  13. "If you don't agree with me.. I don't like you!" HA!!!

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  14. Being a female, totally agree on pt 5. And pt 4...I agree, but I like four (and divergent...hope we can still be friends). My pet peeve word is "chagrin". Mainly. Because of S. Meyer. Stupid word. Number 1....I read a mix of trilogies and standalone novels that I'm not over it, yet. But I am loving either sequels or "companion" novels (like Anna and Lola). Also, if I ever finish my book and have it published, I may run from your blog. Though, my FMC is not dumb, my MMC is not mysterious, I say blue, all story and no trilogy so maybe I'm good! ;-)

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    1. We can still be friends. Oh "chagrin". Twilight ruined that word for everyone. The trends were pissing me off. I think a good writer can use one of the five things I talk about and get away with it (which is kind of an insult to a few of the writers mentioned, but I digress). I think companion novels are cool. Much better than sequels. I just found out Lola is a companion novel so I'm going to read it.

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  15. Agree with everything, except the cerulean thing... it always annoys me but I don't see it too often.

    Also, was this video just all about Divergent? Because it seemed like it. :)

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    1. I'm blaming Jonathan Franzen for pushing me over the point with Freedom. So since then it's about as original as a cheese pizza.

      Also, I just spilled coffee all over my carpet and pants while responding to your comment (just thought I would let you know).

      Hehe. Divergent just managed to hit four out of five for some odd reason (no cerulean menntioned in the book--maybe she'll put it in Insurgent).

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  16. I am with you on ALL of your gripes, but especially 5, 4, and 1. I also have to agree with Angie on the Man-whores who are magically monogamous when they meet the boringly stupid heroine. To go along with your overuse of cerulean blue, what is with all of the references to the movie Titanic recently?!

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    1. Glad you agree. And I've no idea but I have noticed.

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  17. Yes! I completely agree with your list. I now make a conscious effort to avoid "mysterious" guys in books. Oh my goodness, I HATE set up books. They usually piss me off so much so I don't bother picking up the next book. Great video!

    Alison at The Cheap Reader

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    1. I try to avoid all of the above, but it happens so subtly that I don't realize it's happening until I'm almost done with the book.

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  18. Adam, I just found your blog and it's top-to-bottom awesome, but particularly this video. So spot on. I've never noticed the word cerulean pop up much, but maybe I've just been reading all the right books. I'm sooo sick of the trilogies, though. So much of the time the author doesn't even to have three books worth of story! They just want three books worth of money. Which I can't blame them for, but oy.

    You inspired a post on my blog, which I will now shamelessly plug :P: http://thelastgoodkiss.tumblr.com/post/19089852615/6-trends-in-ya-fiction-i-am-sick-to-death-of-as

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    1. Thank you Tess! I read your post, and I was gonna read Pure, but not I'm not. Thank you for sparing me that pain.

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  19. Great video! I can agree on most of your points. I too love standalone books but I'm also a huge fan of series. Well done series to be more accurate. I recently read Wither and I refuse to read any more of that series! It was dreadful.

    My biggest peeve is the cliffhanger endings. I don't think they're necessary. It's like the author's sure pass that readers will buy their next book. Why must they strong arm us into buying the next book like that? Don't they think they've done a good enough job at selling themselves without the cliffhanger? Obviously not. I'm not a fan of cliffhangers.

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