From Publishers Weekly:
Last week I blogged about what some of our local teens are reading, but I also like to check in with our teens toward the beginning of the year to see what they’re looking for, what they’re sick of, and what they wish they could tell publishers. So what’s on their minds? Well, as a group they definitely don’t love covers with real people on them these days, are tired of tropes and predictable plot lines, and (most of them) are enjoying the YA horror trend, as long as it doesn’t get too gory or steamy.
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CONSENSUS: Series, within reason:
- “Shorter series. I often like duologies as long as the second book can hold its own up against the first. For series, more than six is definitely a NO.” –Aurora
- “Trilogies work. They offer enough room for authors to resolve plot holes in their work, and it’s not so long that the writing gets stale.” –Gustavo
- “I prefer trilogies, but there can be exceptions like Harry Potter. Duologies are fine, but they often feel like one big book.” –Ivy
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What 10 trends or tropes are you SO tired of?
- Love triangles
- Terminally ill main characters
- Instant love or best friends
- Emotionless guys
- The mean girl / enemy at school
- Popularity tropes (it honestly doesn’t exist in the same way anymore)
- “Bad Boy” characters
- Teens not stressing about college or never doing homework and still getting good grades. Also teens with no extracurricular commitments.
- Not talking to adults about serious issues
- Titles that are like: The __ __ of __ __
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What do you personally want to see less of this year?
- “Dystopian novels because they are always too cliché, too similar to others, or scientifically impossible.” –Aurora
- “The guy always falling for the girl. Guys in books get rejections all the time, but sometimes girls get their hearts broken too, rather than getting a perfect romantic resolution.”–Sofia
- “Fewer chances for people who have been called out for doing sketchy stuff to get published.”–Xander
- “Fewer retellings, more original stories.” –Ivy
- “In high fantasies where the guy or girl is abusive, but they reveal those actions were because they liked the other person.” – Sumayyah
Link to the rest at Publishers Weekly