Wednesday, January 17, 2018

[Bookish Discussion] 4 YA Cliches That I'm Tired Of

Bookish Discussion of 4 YA Cliches That I'm Tired Of

I've been struggling with young adult genre for a while now. Don't get me wrong, I still love the genre and I have picked up a number of really wonderful YA reads recently!!

But I've found that I just cannot read more than two YA books in a row... Otherwise it negatively affects my overall thoughts of the third or fourth read, and then I fall into a nasty reading slump. This is especially the case if I've picked up two books in a row that feature the same cliches that I am already so tired of.

Before we get started, yes, of course these cliches can be seen in MANY other genres. However, they seem to occur most frequently in young adult novels, which is why I'm discussing my four least favorites.

Enjoy! :)

 4 YA Cliches That I'm Tired Of



Love triangles.
I think that this is such an overdone cliche. I will admit, that in a few books I have enjoyed the love triangle. But they seem to pop up in the vast majority of the YA books I have read and I’m so very sick of them. It's gotten to the point where this cliche can actually totally ruin the book for me.


Hate-Love.
Oh my goodness, this needs to stop! I cannot stand when two characters are absolutely rotten, or downright abusive to one another one second, and then suddenly they are madly in love the next. Just no. This is not setting a good example.


Suddenly having control of their powers when they need it the most.
Now, I understand that stress and desperation can bring out a characters powers for the first time… but I am very tired of reading about a main character that struggles with their powers, or can’t seem to figure out how to control them through the entire book, but then something happens near the end and suddenly they’re experts!


Repetition.
This is one of my major bookish irks. But I find that the repetition is much worse in YA than other genres. Whether it’s something a character says over and over again, the way the author describes something, or anything else. For some reason I pick up on the repetition and get very annoyed. I read a book in 2016 where the author used the same descriptive language to describe the pain the main character was feeling. This worked the first time it was brought up. The second time was a little less impactful. But then the third, fourth, and fifth time I had to roll my eyes...


Thanks for reading!
What YA cliche drives you crazy?

32 comments:

  1. Yes to every single one of these. The love triangles and hormones are a big reason I don't read YA.

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  2. Yes to these, especially hate-to-love - I don't even understand how that works! Some of my other pet peeves are absent/terrible parents (which thankfully seems to be showing up less and less) and unrealistic qualities, like kids solving crimes before the police or just in general seeming way too intelligent (not that teenagers can't be smart, obviously, but like seeming to have way more experience with things than they normally would, if that makes sense!).

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  3. Yes, yes, yes, and yes! I will dig through reviews to find out if a book has a love triangle before buying it now. Some super popular or well-reviewed titles are still okay with one, but I won't pick up a random title any more if that's one of the central conflicts. Make it stahp!

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  4. Yes, love triangles in general drive me nuts. Even in adult books. That said, I have seen some work well, but that's usually when they are spread throughout a series and it's fully explained. I read YA and don't care what a book is if I'm interested but the lack of parents in those books really bother me too. I mean really, a whole 300+ page book and never once did your parents come looking for you or was seen?

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    1. I totally agree, when they are done well, it can work! :) And right?! It's so crazy! I always get so excited when I see YA books focus more on the parents.

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  5. I recognise so many of these! It's such a big problem with YA

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    1. Yeah :( Hopefully we see these start to die out soon!

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  6. Totally agree with you on these! Except I think hate-love can work if it's developed well and the "hate" isn't too dark, like abuse, etc. If it's just a case of friends and enemies then I think it can work, and with some really cool tension too :)

    Awesome post!

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  7. I agree on the themes listed, but I'm also a bit tired of "the chosen one" and protagonists that all of a sudden realize that he/she is a royal. No offense against HP (which I love), but I do think the idea of "the chosen one" is a bit overused.

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  8. I'm such a sucker for Hate-to-Love but I agree that there needs to be a line of decency! I know this trope is prevalent in NA romances and the guys get away with it because they're "alpha". I do enjoy the trope when the character is putting up a guard to protect a vulnerability.


    And yes, insta-love, but I don't think I've seen that trope in a while. It looks like the authors are finally listening to us!

    A trope I hate is "The Chosen One" which I think goes along with your third point!

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    1. Oh great point about the vulnerability! I have definitely seen a few cases of that where the trope worked. I totally agree with the chosen one bit as well!

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  9. I am so done with love triangles. I've never really been a fan but lately- ugh. Makes me not want to even read it. Don't editors ever get sick of them and say enough already to the authors lol? And hate- love can be tough too. It has to be a really compelling story if I'm supposed to believe that two people who hate each other or are abusive suddenly love each other 300 pages later. :)

    One of my peeves is the dead parents/ parents not around/ one of the parents is dead. I don't know how many times I've read how damaged someone is because dad died, or mom, or both. I think YA is getting a little better about this, but still...

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    1. Right?! haha! The first one I remember was from The Hunger Games, then suddenly I was seeing them everywhere! I recently read a book that I was really enjoying...but then a love triangle was introduced, and it was incredibly pointless and horrible. It was like the author just started checking on YA tropes on a list. It totally ruined the book for me!

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  10. Yes to these!! Although the first three I can deal with if the book is written well enough, but the repetition thing kills me. Great post Erica! :)

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  11. I'm not a fan of the love triangle either. In fact I don't think most of us readers are fans of the trope and yet it shows up so much.

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  12. Wow, these are so spot on! I agree with every single one of them. Especially hate to love! Oh my gosh... when does that ever happen in life, AND end well? And then we wonder why we have scores of women in their 20s who try to run after guys who clearly mistreat them...

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  13. I actually love love to hate? But only if it is done really REALLY well and I haven't seen that in YA yet. Only in my adult novels. I also really don't like petty love triangles or repetition :/

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  14. I feel you on all of these, but I'd also add instalove.

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  15. I read an older YA book recently in which there was a love triangle. I thought I would hate it, but I actually quite liked the way it turned out. I think with all of these, I find them annoying and over done in some cases, but sometimes an author is able to make it work for me and get me past that.

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