Let's Talk: Romance in YA

      Grab a cup of coffee, hot chocolate, tea, or whatever you drink, and let’s talk about romance in YA.

      This is going to be a very different post than my usual ones, because instead of you reading my thoughts before you comment, I want to read your thoughts before I comment!

      Romance is such a big debate in the YA bookish world, and I’m curious to see what y’all think. I’ve lowkey ranted about this on here before, so I know a few of you have the same view on this as I do, but I also know that I’m getting a lot of new readers, and that brings more diversity to this blog.

       So romance. What do you think about it in YA? Comment below, talk to me, talk to other commenters.
       Please keep this discussion/debate civil! We all have different views, and the purpose of this post is to read what other people think and why.

         I might do a post expressing more of my opinions on this topic later next month.

            Well, enough rambling!
Let's Talk:
Romance in YA
And why?


Writing Rules I Hope/Want to B R E A K

There are several writing rules I want to break someday...

 I am in an IEW writing course and I have been in IEW since I can remember, I don't necessarily like IEW...at all. In fact, I have hopes of possibly switching to a different writing course next school year! So just a heads up, if you see a strange writing rule, it's probably from IEW! :P

1. The question rule. In my writing class we went over introductions recently, and one of the rules was that you may have one or three questions in the introduction, never more, never less. But that got me thinking, why not? I get not doing it for a paper, which is what we were talking about, but why not disobey this rule whilst writing a novel?

        I want to have a book where the whole first chapter (or at least page) is entirely made up of questions, maybe I'll make the main character have anxiety.

2. Pretty red bow. IEW has this thing about happy endings and everything tying together, which is great for  boring college essays and all, but who wants that in a story? NOT ME. *Evil laughter* I'd rather make my readers suffer by ending things with a bang, although I do sometimes like to write happy endings.

3. "Said is Dead" rule. NO, NO, NO, NO. IT IS NOT. Okay, do you know how annoying it is when every dialogue tag and action tag is an adjective?? I look back at my old writings where I thought it was a sin to ever use "said", and I cringe. It looks as awful as using "said" for every dialogue tag! Mix it up.

4. No more than three short sentences a paragraph. I agree with this rule sometimes, but other times, no. Sometimes action scenes are way better if they read fast and chipped, it creates a sense of urgency. I like books that use a bunch of short sentences every now and then.

5. Don't began your sentences with And, But, or So. Hahahahaha, I break this one all the time on here, because I can! And you can't stop me. Also, it feels so stiff sometimes to not have one of those three words as the beginning of a sentence.

6. Don't have the guy saves girl cliché. Why ever not? Come on, honestly, what girl doesn't secretly want to be swept off their feet and saved by a knight in shining armor, however unrealistic that actually is?!? I think it's sweet in stories--the perfect fairytale, but I do agree it would get old fast, so I would try not to overdo it or get to cheesy!

7. Romance. I like romance in moderation (read about that HERE), but I do hope to have a few novels with NONE! *Appalled gasps from the crowd* I know! A YA book with no romance, pretty rare, am I right?!?? XD

      Because, guys, why are we constantly encouraging this? People, especially teens, who are still young, don't need significant others to validate them, or at least they shouldn't, goodness!

8. Don't open your book with your MC waking up. I get this one, it can get old, cliché, and just plain boring. But I think that if done right this could be an awesome way of introducing the world your character is in.

     So in the end, I not only to break some of YA's unspoken rules, but I also hope to break my English Teachers' rules! Maybe I should send them copies of my books when they're publish, or dedicate a novel to them. It would go something like this:

Dear 8th through 12th grade English teachers I had,


What writing rules do you hope to break?
Happy Writing,


Why I Hate Strong Female Characters

          Why do I dislike strong female characters?

            Well, I don’t necessarily hate them.
            But I hate the fact that the writers don’t understand that there are different kinds of strengths.

            There are more powers and strengths than just the whole “girl kicks butt whilst wearing high heels” stereotype.  
            The whole “we need stronger female leads” movement has created dozens upon dozens of the exact same girl in every YA book.
            Same angsty dull personality, and of course, she’s so not like the other girls. She hates everything feminine, because makeup and personal hygiene will give you cancer and make you look like all the other weak females, duh.
            The difference in every book? She looks slightly different and her name has been changed.

            I hate strong female characters, because instead of building women up it tears us down. Instead of giving credit to our normal personality traits and strengths, it gives credit to the brawny tomboys, and only them instead.
            NEWSFLASH: Most girls AREN’T as strong as guys, ESPECIALLY IN HIGH HEELS. Sorry, YA authors!
            Kuddos to the ones who are, but most of us aren’t.

            It’s okay to have girl characters cry, it’s okay to have girl characters like girly things, it’s okay to have girl characters who want to be pretty. It’s okay to have girl characters need a guy to help her sometimes.
             Nia Wingfeather is one of the strongest female characters I've ever read. She is a single mom, who has lost almost everything but her father and her three children.
              No, she does not lead a revolution or fight a bunch of armed men with nothing but her heels, instead she loves her children and teaches them grace, dignity, and reassures them of who they are.
               She makes countless sacrifices to save and protect the ones she loves, and she doesn't need her fists.
             THIS^. Is an example of a real woman in YA.
            Not all girls are body builders.
            Not all girls are sarcastic and mean 24/7.
            Not all girls are angst filled creatures, who hate the happy airhead wearing frills.
            What is wrong about the happy airhead wearing frills, anyway? I’d like to read about her instead for once.

            There are so many different kinds of girls with a huge range of different strengths and weaknesses, physically and emotionally.
            Why just write about the same one over and over? 
What do you think about females in YA?
Happy Writing,


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