This Guardian book blogger writes well, and speaks a lot of sense. She should read Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine to help her fall back in love with YA 🙂
Recently… I have been falling out of love with the literature that has been parading around me. They flaunt their crisp and shiny covers with stunning typography, photography and models, yet to me their insides are far from beautiful. I have my favourite authors and books, but at the same time everything negative about any novel I have recently read has waved a red flag and emitted a spine-chilling peal in my ear.
Love triangles: why are there so many in teen fiction?
All I see is fantasy/dystopian genres attempting to conform to popular film ideals. It almost seems like there is a checklist being passed round: star-crossed lovers and/or a love triangle/love square? Tick. Fight-to-the-death competitions? Tick. The swinging bait of a sequel at the end of a novel because all recent YA films have not been standalone? Tick. I’m obviously not saying everyone does this, but I do feel as if there are certain “ingredients” authors feel they must include if their book is going to be published and become a success.