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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

YA Bloggers Want...A Wish List from Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf + Winner!

Awesome blogger Lauren from Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf is here today with a wishlist of what she'd like to see (and a little of what she does not want to see) on her YA shelf.

Lauren was part of the original TELL ME A SECRET blog tour, so I'm very pleased to be able to feature her.

Welcome, Lauren!


The Top Four Things I Want to See More of (and Less of) in YA

Everyone has areas of YA, or any genre for the matter, which make them shake their head or want more of, and here are some of the many things I want to see more and less of in the YA genre.

1) More Epic (Romance) Fantasies
Kristin Cashore books are some of my favorite and they fit in this category. They are romantic, have strong, tough-as-nail protagonists, rich writing, and are set in one of the most interesting and creative worlds in Y.A. In other words, they are amazing with a capital A, and quite simply, I want to see more books like them.

2) Less Clich├ęs
I’m personally sick of always seeing main characters in love with the *bad* boy or the *popular* boy that doesn’t notice how amazing they are, but then does. I want characters that are in love with average boys and have realistic relationships with them. I want characters who want to be part of the popular crowd and when they land in it, find out it’s more than they could ever image, not something dreadful and negative, like in most books. I want uniqueness.

3) More mean girl main characters
Courtney Summers does a great job of this, because not only does she make some of the best mean girl protagonists out there, but she also makes them realistic and even relatable in some cases.

4) Less Vampire Books
I’ve seen enough vampire and mortal girl love stories to last a life time, so quite simply I want to see less of them. I mean, how many times can you truly have a girl falling in love with a vampire before it gets boring and overused to the extreme?

*Disclaimer: Some writers (like Richelle Mead) do still write amazing vampire book that I love. So I do want to see more vampire books in some small areas.*

So, now take a moment to think about some of the things you want to see less of in YA or more of? Is there anything mentioned above that you agree with?

Top 5 Current YA Favorites:

I Now Pronounce You Some Else by Erin McCahan
(one marriage propsal + one funny, unique protagonist + one swoon worthy guy = win!)

Firelight by Sophie Jordan
(It involves draki. What’s not to love about that?)

Life, After by Sarah Darer Littman
(A beautifully written book!)

Grace by Elizabeth Scott
(Perhaps Scott’s best book so far!)

Where the Truth Lies by Jessica Warman (A very, very good book!)

Thanks for having me! I'm looking forward to seeing what others have to say.


Thank you for stopping by, Lauren!

Readers, what's on your top four wish list (or don't wish-for list)? Comment for a chance to win this week's book prizes! (US)

The What YA Bloggers Want series celebrates YA lit for YALSA's Teen Read Week and National Book Month!

Ok, so now we have a prize to award to...

Mrs. DeRaps!

Mrs. DeRaps, contact me here with your first, second, and third choice for a book prize and include your info. I'll hold prizes for two weeks. Here's my prize video, and keep commenting for more, everyone!


  1. Great post! I'd love to see more mean girls and normal relationships too!

  2. Great post. I'd like to read more stories with the love interests being with average guys too. And I agree with Lauren's suggestions on fantasies too.

  3. I agree fully with lauren! More realism is something needed now a days. I'm in high school and sometimes when i'm reading a book that takes place in a high school setting I'll look around my school and try to imagine whatever happened in the book happening there. Most of the time I can't, like I've never seen "the jocks" (no one calls the that btw) push around some small nerdy kid. Sure the freshman take a good amount of teasing but it's all in fun (most of the time). I want to be able to relate the things in books to my school.

    Also I'm IN LOVE with Kristen Cashore's books! <3

  4. Congrads Mrs. DeRaps! By the way, I LOVED Firelight. I'd totally suggest anyone to read it!

  5. I would like to see more fantasy creatures in books beside vampires and werewolves. It seems like everywhere I look, there's another vampire or werewolf book! Come on, there are other creatures you can write about!

  6. Thanks so very much! I have loved this question/ answer series because it's made me think about what I love about YA. So, thanks for starting the conversation.

  7. I love the points that Lauren made and I agree with them. I especially agree with the less cliches and the girl falling for the a) bad or b)popular boy.I also agree that I love Richelle Meads Vampire Academy but I'd like to see less of the vampires.

  8. I have to say that I agree. I am so tired of cliches and vampire love stories. I want something different. I totally want more teen romance with average couples but something that still has a lot of emotion.

    Top 4 Don't wants.

    1.) Don't want something turned into a series just to be a series. If it ended well, leave it at that.

    2.) Don't want horrible cliffhangers. I should want to read your novel not feel like I have to.

    3.) Don't want cliches. Like same old cheerleader mean girls.

    One thing I REALLY want. I want to see more passion in the writing. Sometimes I think some novels are just written just to be done. Like had there been a little more time in the writing process it would have that spunk.

    Oh and I totally want more short story compilations.

    Its way late so sorry for the spelling and grammer errors. :)

    truthbetold004 at gmail dot com

  9. One: Cut the cliche’s please; over on my blog, Cliche is the “buzz” word so to speak, it’s the equivilent of a one-star rating.

    Two: I am dying to read books in more interesting places. The big cities are cool, but it takes real work to make something out of a nothing setting.

    Three: Consistent, unique characters. More, please!

    Four: More mysteries, where did all the mystery books go?

    Congrats, Mrs. D!


    Gabrielle Carolina <3

  10. I agree with you 100% about less vampires and more epic fantasies!

  11. I'm a little overrun with vampires and shifters and am dying for something else. Surprise me, I would love it. I hate picking up a book and finding it very predictible and guessing the outcome and then having my guess come true. Na, not for me. Keep me guessing with twists and turns, I want to be hanging on to the edge of my seat and not able to put the book down. I'm ok with cliffhangers because I'm more likely to run out and grab the next book. Just make sure to give it an ending at some point. If you keep me guessing years down the road, I may scream! I would love to have some more "real" characters. They don't always need to be beautiful and popular for me to fall in love with the characters. Give me someone who is a little overweight or the band nerd. I don't always need to read about the star quarterback and head cheerleader

  12. Thanks for the guest post!
    My top 4 wish-list
    1. More relationships in which the best friend becomes the boyfriend! (These relationships typically turn out the best)
    2. Less "typical" paranormals (no vampires and werewolves unless the concept is completely different from traditional knowledge)
    3. Male narrators! We don't see near enough of them, and they seem to occur only in contemporary YA.
    4. Stand-alone books! I find it difficult to remember what happened in book one if book two is released over a year later.

  13. Great post Lauren! I completely agree vampires are soooo two years ago, but epic fantasies are the next best thing.

    And about writing with passion? If you want all of the above, definitely should check out new YA author Allyson Richards. The best part about her is...she is 17 years old herself. She even does workshops for writers called, "People Don't Say Dawg" anymore. (To try and help people write FOR teens. =) Her book: http://www.amazon.com/Enlightened-Allyson-Richards/dp/1456722573