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Friday, November 05, 2010

YA Bloggers Want...No more instant love! Reading Angel

Today I'm welcoming Angela from the beautiful Reading Angel blog to talk about what she'd like to see on the YA shelf.

I met Angela when she started dropping by the blog to chat about story secrets and YA reads (plus she gave five butterflies to TMAS!), so I'm very excited to get to spotlight her as she tells us about the meaningful relationships she'd like to see in YA lit.

Welcome, Angela!

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What do I, as a YA reader, like to see in YA?

The number one thing that reaches me is a character that I can connect to in some way. Whether it's the life they are leading, the friends they have, or their attitude, the characters have to speak to me in some way for me to really enjoy the book.

As for the niche, I like so many different things! Contemporary, paranormal, horror, action, I love them all. As I stated above, the thing that really matters to me is that character connection, and the story needs to keep me entertained.

Something I'm tired of seeing in YA books? I'm sick to death of characters who "fall in love" within hours of meeting each other. I need to see a relationship grow and blossom into love. The trend of instant devotion and love is really starting to grate on my nerves.

Thanks for having me Holly!

My top 5 favorite YA reads of 2010?

Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus
Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder


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Thanks, Angela! (And by the way, this What YA Bloggers Want series is in honor of YALSA's Teen Read Week and National Book Month!).


Readers, what makes a YA relationship believable to you? Do you like to see the sparks fly, or kinships develop, or friendships that turn into surprise romance? (Or hey, all of the above...?)

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27 comments:

  1. I love the "I hate you" for half the book then getting all the negative part of the relationship over, they end up getting together and realizing they are perfect for each other. All of my great relationships have started from I hate you to I love you. :) Plus it's usually entertaining.

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  2. I've only read a few YA books, but I really love to read about friendship that turns into something more. It becomes more real to me to watch two characters who have feelings for eachother but aren't sure how the other feels. Brings me back to my own teenage years. I love watching that relationship blossom as they find their way to eachother
    june111@att.net

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  3. I'd love to see more relationship building in YA novels! I'm with Angela on this one, because I hate when all of a sudden the guy will do anything for the girl and they are consumed with eachother in the first few chapters. Thanks for another great post!

    VanillaMusic15@aol.com

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  4. I don't mind characters falling instantly in love as long as I can feel the ups and downs of what the means. I need characters to hit me on an emotional level. If I can feel what the characters go through, then I'm hooked and vested in the outcome.

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  5. I'm really not a fan of the whole "soul-mate" concept. I love it when characters initially get along and then end up falling for each other (I love to watch a couple banter for half the book and then kiss!). It makes the love much more believable.

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  6. I would have to say all of the above. I like the relationship to develop over time, especially when they start out as friends.

    seriousreader at live dot com

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  7. I like for book relationships to have adversity. No relationship is easy, and it's even more interesting to me when one or both of them don't like each other to begin with but slowly, or sometimes suddenly, realize they want/need/should be together. I also love suprise first kisses that come out of the blue and cause those fireworks between two people who never expected fireworks. Let's face it, it's pretty rare to find those fireworks.

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  8. I love the whole "relationship grow and blossom into love." I mean, nobody knows "Hey, you!, You're my new soul mate!" But I guess that I love all of the above.

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  9. I agree that relationships need to be a little more realistic in YA novels. Yes, I do know teens who start crushing at first sight, but it still needs time to develop into love.

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  10. I tend to enjoy more of the Friendship that turns into something more. For me it seems more believable. It seems to happen that way for a lot of people that I know.

    Lane

    moiraethefates(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  11. I love to see friends fall in love because they get to know each other as friends first. If they are friends first they know the good and bad about each other. I also do love when they fall in love right away too because every story is different with different characters.
    tishajean@charter.net

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  12. I like a relationship that slowly is growing during the whole book. I don't like it when the relationship happens in the very beginning because it seems very unbelievable to me that it happened that fast. Love doesn't happen that fast.

    apk1princess@live.com

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  13. I completely agree! The number one thing I notice is if I connect with a character. And the instant love is really getting to me as well.

    This post is awesome! Love it Angel!

    candace_redinger at yahoo dot com

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  14. I think the "love at first sight" direction is way overused in YA. Although, I do enjoy one of those fluffy romances once in a while, instantaneous and irreversible attraction just seem really fake to me.

    twgrl4evr[at]gmail[dot]com

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  15. Yay! I'm glad I'm not alone! I love when they hate each other (or strongly dislike) and fuss and bantor and then realize they are in love. It's so funny. (for example The DUFF by Kody Keplinger)

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  16. I like it when kinships develop throughout the story. It makes it more realistic.

    xxsquigglesxx(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. I really am a big fan of all the above. I like variety. I completely agree with you on hating characters instantly falling in love. I actually put down and returned The Vampire Diaries first book by LJ Smith because of that very fact. It just didn't work for me at all. Also, I couldn't relate to the character in any way. Total biatch. I don't necessarily have to totally relate to the character, since I know that I'm not going to see eye to eye with every one. But as long as I can see why the character acts the way they do, I can still enjoy the story. As long as the character doesn't do something completely out of character, I can understand why they do the things they do. Hopefully that wasn't convoluted lol.

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  18. I really like it when 2 of the characters have time for their relationship to develop. I seriously hate the "love at first sight" crap, because that rarely happens in real life. I also kind of like people falling for their best friend. I just think it's so sweet :)

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  19. I would like more build up, sometimes I feel like the characters connection seems to come out of nowhere, or she hates the guy and then he charms her, and all of a sudden, she wants him more than anything. I would love to see is a relationship where the guy is dreamy but interacts with the girl, and theres evidence throughout the pages, that they are falling for each other, and you smile when you come to the page when they actually realize that they should be together. YA books are my favorite to read, i just hoping for a more beliveable, up with love, romance that is epic and so amazing!

    Lasha
    arudd908 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  20. I need to see characters who can talk to each other. They need to be able to talk and help bring out the better selves in each other. It can't be instant - it needs to grow to be believeable for me.

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  21. THANKS YOU! I hate it when in YA books the characters fall in love within a week! It's so un-natural and I don't like reading about it. I like getting to know the characters better and have their relationship develop.

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  22. I think YA romances have more leeway because teenagers are at the mercy of their hormones and it is reasonable for them to be more moody and temperamental. The lack of communication and temper tantrums that seem purely contrived with adults are par for the course with teenagers.
    My basic requirements not too much sulking, a least some compatibility and lots of kissing!

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  23. I have to agree that I don't like characters falling instantly in love. I can count on one hand the number of books that I like that feature a love at first sight romance. I prefer real people with real issues having a connection and muddling through love. It's more realistic and I grow to love the characters for their flaws. I eventually believe in their relationship and can support the romance because they make it work in spite of those flaws.
    melodiousrevelry (at) gmail (dot) com

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  24. I love the enemies turned love affair kind of romance, but I don't know if it's completely believable to me. I guess I would most likely believe the friends who have already established a relationship or just two people who already have some sort of acquaintance. I don't think these sort of things happen overnight. I would love to see some development!

    Cialina from Muggle-Born.net
    contact[a]sectumsempra.org

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  25. Angela - I'm truly honored you listed my book as one of your top favorite reads of 2010!! Thank you SO much!

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  26. I think all relashionships are “believeable” but I think too many of the relashionships authors write about are the ones grils gossip about in the bathrooms of high schools. Trivial, meaningless, a good story, for now, and good gossip when it’s over.
    I don’t mind a Romeo and Juliet attraction, but I am waiting for an author to write a book where the lovers have conversations.

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  27. Wow, this subject struck a chord out there - very interesting! Thanks to everyone who stopped by to comment.

    In life, I've had instant love (or at least attraction) as well as the slow burn - and the instant attraction was often the one that turned out badly in the end. I always find those stories fascinating (and ended up exploring that some in Don't Breathe a Word). It's very interesting to hear from all of you!

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