I won’t lie – me and Young Adult fiction clash sometimes. However, I recently finished reading Splintered, and I loved it! I mean loved it!
This book had most elements I wanted in a story. A dark, gothic, twisted world. Well, as twisted as a young adult book will allow. And yes, I like love triangles. Yeah, yeah, hate me all you want, but I’m a sucker for a good romance book. This book has the best love triangle I’ve ever read! One of the guys is my perfect match, and I enjoyed his character so much.
In fact, he is on the cover of book two.
However, we are not here to talk about Morpheus. I wanted to discuss parents in young adult fiction. Is it just me, or does it seem parents are written like idiots? I know young adult books are focused on teens, but come on, I didn’t think my parents were THAT dumb growing up. Yeah, I could get things past them, but I had more respect for their intelligence.
In Splintered, and in the Hunger Games, it seems the moms are so…scattered brained. As I was reading the book, I was like, “Come on!!!” you can’t be so dumb!
And the dads! I guess since most young adult protagonists are female, is why the dads are always the favorite parent. Even in Hunger Games, Katniss always mentioned how she missed her father. In The Selection and Red Queen, both protagonists had a better relationship with their dads. Sadly, I’m also guilty of this in my book, Clash of Tides. Elena misses her father because he actually cared about her. In Clash of Tides, Leona, Elena’s mother, uses her daughter to get money. However, Leona is not stupid or scattered brained. Leona is manipulative and a smart business woman.
If you write young adult books, then please, don’t make the parents dumb. It’s so annoying to read the same cliché parent type over again.
When I first read a good young adult book:
Then, when the clichés start pouring in:
Young adult stereotypes, where adults are the idiots and the teens are the smartest lol All joking aside. I hope you enjoyed this
rant blog post about another young adult cliché.
Thanks to everyone who commented on my last post! I enjoyed reading about everyone’s stories and what inspired them to write. Also, I will be updating Clash of Tides on Sunday!!!