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Since this is my first 5 Things I figured I would just do a general '5 Things that Piss me off in YA (:'
Lets jump right into this!
tsk tsk TSK! This annoys the hell out of me. I know stereotyping is something most teens experience, or do themselves, I know I was stereotyped as 'slutty' in high school solely because I wore alot of makeup and wore really long extensions (still wear them occasionally). When in reality I wore alot of makeup and extensions cause I had a self esteem level of 0. I wasn't 'slutty' at all, but people assumed that solely off of my blonde hair and caked face. So really I understand when CHARACTERS stereotype its a part of growing up and being a teen, eventually you realize/learn it's wrong.
What I don't understand is why AUTHORS like to stereotype so much. I am so sick of reading books that have the blonde haired girl that's head cheerleader that is also the bitch of the school and usually described as the whore of the school. Or the 'dumb jock' who is also the bully of the school. ANYONE CAN BE A BULLY!!!!! People that are in honor classes and really smart are bullies sometimes, people that are 'outcasts' are bully sometimes. I was never bullied by a specific type of person it came from a very different variety of people.
Obviously there are alot of other stereotyping that YA novels like to incorporate, this just seems to be the one I run into the most.
2.) The whole 'No makeup' thing
This was something that LC's Adventures in Library Land (check out her blog! She is amazing!) brought to my attention that I never really noticed until she brought it up. YA novel authors seem to be obsessed with the main female characters being so anti makeup...is it really that bad if the girl puts on some mascara or something? I don't get it. I mean personally I think I look just fine without makeup...but I still like wearing it. I think what the authors are trying to teach is that your natural beauty is the best kind of beauty...but sometimes it comes more off as them trying to be-little the other characters that do wear makeup. Anyways make sure to check out Lea's rant about the no makeup thing HERE everything she says I completely agree with!
3.) Everyone is white!?
The majority of YA novels consist of characters that are white. I don't understand this AT ALL, do these characters go to all white schools and live in all white towns or something?? Are the authors racist? Do they just forget about people that are indian, native american, black, asian, hispanic,etc? WHY IS THERE NO VARIETY...why can't the characters at least have non white friends? Or hell why can't the authors just mention a random kid in their class that is not white? This is something that has always pissed me off in books. The only book I can think of off the top of my head that has a good variety of characters is the Farsighted series by Emlyn Chand...I should be able to list tons yet that's the only one I can think of!!! pathetic!
4.) The Internet does not exist (social media/cyber bullying) D:
HA. Maybe I am partial to this because I spend so much time on the internet. But really YA books rarely bring up characters talking about social media such as facebook,twitter,tumblr, etc. They will talk about the characters texting or talking on the phone, but no one seems to do any online social media things?! Now this mainly bothers me when the book is about bullying or a character that is bullied...cyber bullying is something that is huge right now, it happens more than face to face bullying does (fact) so I find it odd that cyber bullying is never brought into YA novels when it is something so many teenagers are actually going through in real life.
5.) Goo Goo eyes (idk the term)
You're walking with your friend down the street having a lovely conversation...and then you see him. The world is spinning, you can't breathe, he is just so gorgeous, he smiles at you with a lopsided grin, you notice 3 little freckles above is left eye and that there is one hair out of line on his eyebrows.
...Am I out of the loop on this one? Has anyone REALLY ever seen a guy that was so gorgeous he made you feel like the world was spinning and you had to take notice of every single tiny detail of his appearance? Cause I for one have never had this happen to me...I may take notice of someone walking by and think "oh that guys attractive" but then I carry on and I never think of that person again. I don't stop and stare. I don't take notes of how many freckles are on his face, etc. Hell I have a huge celebrity liking of James Franco's face and have for the longest time...and I can't even remember right now if he has hazel, brown or green eyes!
So that's it! Those are 5 things that piss me off in YA novels (: Now obviously these 5 things happen in other genre's besides YA, but since I mainly read YA I can easily say that I know these are 5 things that happen ALOT in YA. (:
Check back next week to see another 5 Things post!!!
What are some things that piss YOU off in novels?! :D
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