Top 5 Wednesday: Book Trends that NEED TO STOP

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Samantha on ThoughtsonTomes, where your goal is to find 5 books, topics, or general things that fit the theme!  To find the full list of topics, information, and pretty much anything else regarding T5W, head over to the Goodreads Group.

This week, the theme is “Book Trends You’re Tired Of”, in other words, what do you hate about publishing that’s currently super common.  Honestly, at first I was a little confused/not sure of anything that I could do to fit this category, but after just a few minutes, it hit me that there are A WHOLE LOT of trends that I’m starting to despise.  So, without further adoe, to the list!

1. “Girl”

Everyone who writes any sort of book, especially psycho thrillers, loves to stick the word girl in the title.  It doesn’t matter why or how much the girl relates to the book, or even if she is a girl (as opposed to a woman).  It’s becoming annoyingly common because when someone mentions a book with “Girl” in the title, I assume I read it when, in all likelihood, I did not.  The even worse part is that I enjoy the vast majority of these books, so I have a whole shelf of “Girl” books.  Please, please, get more creative for 2017.

2. Cliche Romances Filling YA Novels

I can’t stand that whenever I pick up a YA book, I can almost always guess exactly who the girl is going to end up with in the first 3 chapters.  It’s even worse that I know that she’s going to end up with someone.  Maybe, for once, someone should write a book where the girl is forever alone, or at least doesn’t center her life around a guy and enter some sort of crazy love triangle with a predictable ending.

3. Judging Diversity

Yeah, diversity should be present in novels, and I’ve taken to including it in some of my reviews, so that people who are on the lookout for their own representation can find it.  But, my complaint here lies not in the books themselves but within the bookish community.  I think we are judging fiction that does not contain this, or perhaps contains a less-than-stellar representation of a diverse character, too harshly.  Although we should be looking for diverse books, we should not shun other authors because they do not fit these standards.

4. Fantasy and Real Life being Separate

Too often, when we write fantasy books, it’s completely separated from reality.  Fantastical books are lighthearted, fun reads, and never touch on issues which society is having at the moment.  I would love to see important issues be incorporated into fantasy/dystopian novels, because I think that would cause way more people to realize exactly what is happening here on present day Earth.

5. Bad Parents

This has become a bit of a joke in YA lit, but it’s true in adult fiction as well.  The parents, even when they’re present, are typically terrible things which the (adult) children just want to get rid of.  What’s wrong with having an incredibly supportive, fabulous parent whom you go to for advice and love endlessly?  The bad parent thing is getting pretty old, I just want to see some other types of relationships mixed in.

That’s all for today!! It was shocking realizing how many things about books bother me.  Hopefully that’s true for everyone and it’s not just me being exceptionally judgy for no reason 😉

What themes in books are you tired of?  Do you consider any of the themes I talked about to be good/exciting?  Tell me!  Press that little comment button below!


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21 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Book Trends that NEED TO STOP

  1. OMG. Let me just say I’m nodding my head so hard, my necky might fall off.
    Cliche Romances Filling YA Novels
    Like OMG. There’a a girl, diffcult life, then this boy comes along AND OMG THEY FALL MADLY IN LOVE. It’s LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. THEY SUDDENLY WANT TO MARRY EACH OTHER?. Like, bruh, they don’t even know each other’s name and yet in a matter of days they are star-crossed lovers? Sorry, REAL LIFE or what?

    And yas….Judging Diversity
    Like if there’s no diversity in a book, don’t hate on it. Like a book can still be REEEEALLLYY good (ahem, Harry Potter) without diversity. Yes, we need it and there should be more of it but critisicing a book because the author didn’t include it, seriously?
    Another one about diversity is that when you can see the author has JUST FORCED a diverse character in their FOR THE SAKE OF IT. Like, I’d rather have none and then a rubbish ‘some’ of diversity.

    Bad Parents
    I KNOW RIGHT. Parents aren’t all that bad and seriously, their baddness is just EXAGGERATED.
    And is it me, but the parents are always dead or have split up/ divorced or just plain evil (as you mentioned). Is there no normal parents anymore? Hullo.

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  2. So true! I agree with you, especially the bad parent thing! Everybody always says that their parents are so annyoing and ununderstanding, but I don’t think that even half the people I know think so at all!
    love, elena

    outnaboutweb.wordpress.com

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  3. I so hear you on the bad parents front … I just don’t understand what is so wrong with getting along with them. I highly doubt that it would hurt the plot if you had e.g. a confidant in your mum. But what do we humble bookworms really know hahaha

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  4. I am so with you on diversity trend in the bookish community. The demand for diversity is justified, but it seems that if you do not find any diversity in a book, it is going to be labeled trash.

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