Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
This Week’s Theme:
Things On My Reading Wishlist
Don’t even get me staaaaaarttteeed.
Secondary Characters With Backbones
Supporting character giving the big ol’ fuck you to protagonists who think they deserve the world. Bye.
Rational and Conscientious Decision Making
Protagonists require to have more agency if they have the opportunity to do so rather than being dragged around by a willy nilly plot. I think you’d be surprised how often these heroes and heroines don’t step into the realm of a story being character-driven than one that is wholly plot centered.
Villains Who Actually Win
Antiheroes aside, a baddie winning just sounds great. I’m sure the masses would be like ???? if the book ends abruptly BUT THAT IS THE POWER OF MULTI-POV STORYTELLING AYYYYY.
Only if it fits the dialogue. I’m not saying I need f-bombs dropped every page but only if it fits the dialogue. I feel like YA especially is watered down in diction because of the possibility of lower-aged readers. But damn, kids these days are super crass and you’d be surprised.
Witty and Snarky Characters
These are my favourite kind of characters. Full stop.
Worldbuilding That Builds The World
All I ask is that the world building limit plot holes. Of course, you can’t escape every single possibility out there but if it’s a glaring concern that destabilizes other avenues in a story’s narrative…then we got some problems. (Magic systems are the worst culprits)
93.4% of the time, I would probably want a happy ending because all cinnamon rolls deserve some semblance of happiness. But the other 8.6% of heroes ought to suffer crushing defeat at the “ending” ending, not as a cliffhanger-y lead into a sequel. Mathing.
Fantasy. Books. That. Come. With. Maps.
Or even any book with extensive traveling, really. You would be surprised how many books don’t have maps when it could greatly benefit from one.
Decent (Not Even “Great”) Adaptations
I’m not even asking for a faithful adaptation. I recognize that there may be times that things have to be cut, moved around, or added, to make the story flow better on screen. But all I ask is that it’s well cast, directed, and is written well. If you lay down a terrible foundation, then that’s that.
Life cannot grant me any of the above, probably.