Hello beautiful booklovers!
For this weeks T5W post, the prompt was to “…this is a list of the types of books you’d like to see more of in 2018! Try to avoid actual titles, and discuss themes, genres, or tropes you’d like to see more of in the new year!”
FIVE. NON-OP LEADS
You know what’s great about books such as “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue” and “Coraline”? The main character is not overpowered (a.k.a. OP)! Honestly, I get REAL sick of the fact that characters just miraculously become super strong and brave and courageous and selfless…it’s unrealistic and tiresome. What I love about both the books I mentioned above is that they both have characters that make mistakes, who aren’t naturally courageous but rather easily scared, and aren’t proficient fighters. Yet these characters are still amazing and lovable…but most importantly, REALISTIC AND RELATABLE. We need more Monty’s and Coraline’s.
FOUR. LGBTQ+ FANTASY NOVELS
There’s been a growth in LGBTQ+ books, especially male to male affection. It’s been wonderful to read and become more exposed to other forms of love, for I hope this will limit or completely remove the concept of homophobia for future generations to come through the use of literature. However, one genre I would love to see more LGBTQ+ characters (both main and side) is in fantasy novels. Whether it be a standalone or series, I feel there’s a lack of LGBTQ+ representation in the fantasy genre when there really shouldn’t be.
THREE. RACIAL EQUALITY & DIVERSITY
Yes, there have been some TOP hits this year in literature where the leads are a different ethnicity than Caucasian. However, I feel it still isn’t enough. We don’t JUST need literature where an African American is the lead about a book on Black Rights (thought this IS super important). We need literature where we can find a diverse amount of culture and ethnicity simply because the real world HAS so many…not just Caucasian: African Americans, Indigenous Peoples, Vietnamese Peoples, or Bajans.
TWO. STANDALONE FANTASY NOVELS
Don’t get me wrong, I love series as much as the next. There are just these times though when I REALLY want to read an enticing fantasy novel that isn’t a long series…I’m one of those people that once I start a series, I don’t stop and won’t read anything else. This is why I haven’t started so many that everyone keeps telling me to read. Hence…GIVE ME SOME STANDALONE NOVELS PLEASE!
ONE. TRANSGENDER & TRANSSEXUAL CHARACTERS
I kind of already talked about this, but I think there’s more of a need for transgender and transsexual characters under ALL genres of literature. I don’t know if it’s because people still feel uncomfortable or if there is literature and I’m just missing it. After watching Sense8 (let’s not start on my feels about it’s cancellation), it really brought to life how little this is talked about on all media fronts.
Thank you for visiting Bookmark Your Thoughts! Here’s to my last post of 2018! Happy New Years! May you all stay safe and have fun!