Hello everyone! My name is Fantasy Angel (it’s my blogger name, not real name) and I come from Avid Reader, a blog on books, their movies and writing in general. I am here on Kayleigh’s wonderful blog to talk to you guys about whether or not there’s a gap in themes and issues in books.
Ok so one of the common problems in general (but especially in YA) is a lack in diversity. By diversity I mean that there aren’t many main people of color, ethnic groups or religions. And of course people are mad about this which I most definitely understand; there’s a lack in representation of other cultures and that’s just not fair for everyone. It is my belief though that YA authors especially are most definitely trying to fix that. For example, the main character in Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older is a woman of color who is a mix of different ethnicities as I’ve heard (unfortunately haven’t been able to get my hands on the book yet).
Then there’s other people in the realistic fiction world who are totally doing an amazing job tackling some very real life problems such as health, weight and relationships which I believe is awesome. An example would be Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.
For all you fellow fantasy people, YA authors are talking the roles of men and women in society. For example, Celaena Sardothien in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas is a pretty awesome assassin who is also very feminine. She is also loving and brutal at times and she loves to sword fight and read. Basically what I’m saying is girls are not just shown as feminine and vulnerable or strong and brutal anymore, they are starting to be shown as both. And two of the main men in the series, Chaol and Dorian, are also seen as equally emotional and brutal further showing there’s no need for men to be shown as one or the other.
All in all, it is my opinion that while other age genres may have trouble expressing the modern world we live in today, YA has totally got it down and thankfully it seems it’ll stay that way.
I hope you liked this post! If you did, like this and come out to Avid Reader and hopefully you’ll like it there as well and follow 🙂 Anyway, thanks again to Kayleigh for this awesome opportunity and thanks to you guys for reading this! Have a great day/night and tata for now!