Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.
This Week’s Theme:
Top Ten YA Clichés We Love/Hate
Ahoy! A freebie Top Ten Tuesday calls for a rant. Except I’m not going to rant (too much)—I’ll let you do it in the thoughts you share!—I’ll just start it off.
For what it’s worth, many books wouldn’t have widespread appeal if they weren’t bound by several clichés. Yes the market is oversaturated with these kinds of writing but they’re often shortcuts (flagged by readers, I guess?) to explain the story without the requirement of an explanation. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun chirping them out!
That being said, I do have a love-hate relationship with all of them (but it’s kind of therapeutic to rant about).
Missing, Irresponsible, or Abusive Parents
They’re gone; possibly dead, definitely not part of their kids lives. I get the representation for these MIA parents to step away from their omnipresent role as someone to look up to (for all the good/bad that they’re seen as) but c’mon now why are so many gone or passed out drunk somewhere? Why you gotta slam parents like that?
Popularity Basically Means You’re the Devil
Bullies though; can’t live with or without them. Readers must have some sadist tendency to want to see protagonists get bullied so that we can root for them…? Why can’t we cheer for them without the slurs of discrimination and attacks on their character?
The Obscure Chosen One
Sorry kid, the entire world is useless to your gifted ability to change the world—that you won’t know of until the time is right (perhaps when you’re near death or in some debacle—but you won’t know when).
The “I can do it on my own” Syndrome
Because it’s so much cooler to fail at everything and let the entire crisis snowball than to, you know, get some help and not shoulder everything. Don’t even tempt me to start ranting about these same characters that need saving every damn time.
The Necessity for Happily Ever Afters
Disney is not the standard to which we should live by. If it were, then where are my freaking flash mobs and breaking out into song moments? Where are all my pets to do shit for me and listen to me complain?
The Dramatic Misunderstanding
What is communication anyways?
The Unattractive Misfit
Now, this one is a doozy. Yes, there are many characters that don’t see their own specialness or beauty (or any positive trait for that matter). This can be a pretty accurate representation of youths. What has me “wtf-ing” is that it apparently takes one special love-interest to convince them otherwise—AND NOT THE HOARDS OF OTHER PEOPLE AROUND THEM (OR THEMSELVES?). I’m not even saying I want Mary-Sue/Marty-Stu characters and their arrogance. I’ll gladly load the gun for that one. Where’s the middle ground to all of this ahhh.
Book Covers That Lens Flare Everything
Not really a cliché in writing but covers seem to love having a lens flare thrown in (or sometimes it’s the sun) which usually hides the faces of the characters in the shot. I get the anonymity of the effect buuuut nope. (I’m even certain the book would still be picked up without it too.)
“Bad Boy”—Related Writing
Brooding? Check. Inexplicably gorgeous? Check. Super secretive past? Check. Needs my help? Check. (Among other things.)
Monologues That Drag The Story
Just pull the trigger or what-have-you; consequences are necessary. We’re not playing Monopoly with infinite Get Out of Jail Free cards.
The Existence of Love-V’s
Well…you already know my stance on this. If you have yet to read my argument towards why true love triangles don’t exist, I’d recommend it (shameless self-promoting plug plug plug). But really, why are love shapes (or even instalove) a standard now?
Yeah, I’m sure there are plenty more that I haven’t touched on. These are the ones that stick out to me at this point in time (I mean, I could probably keep going…)
But you tell me: what tops your list of overused cliché?