Things I Want to See More of In YA Novels

February 11, 2016     erinthebooknut     Feature, List


I love YA, that’s pretty obvious to anyone who knows me. But there are also things I wish would change or that we could see more of in YA these days. I’m sure we all have such a list so feel free to add your own at the bottom in the comments.

  • A few more YA books, especially in fantasy and dystopian, without a romance. I love a good romance but I would like a book that is realistic that it’s a little hard to have a relationship when you’re saving the world.
  • More duologies and series. Give me 2 books, give me 4. Give me five and 6, I love a good long series. But I tell you I’m getting sick to death of trilogies.
  • More characters like Kestral who can kick butt with their minds instead of their bodies.
  • Bisexual characters who aren’t stereotypes.
  • Minority characters who aren’t described using food.
  • Proud red heads- seriously being a redhead is awesome! Own it!
  • Nerd girls who embrace their love of nerd culture. Unapologetic about loving video games, TV shows, and all kinds of fandoms.
  • Girl characters talking about something other than boys with their other girl friends.
  • Books about a character’s relationship with their families (outside of their opinions on a love interest).
  • MORE BOARDING SCHOOLS! But maybe with characters that actually go to class.
  • Romances with a slow build. Maybe even over multiple books. None of this instalove  crap.
  • Some good bromance stories.
  • More books set in countries other than the United States. Maybe a few in New Zealand, Wales, or Ireland. That would be cool.

I think that’s a pretty good list for now. What do you wish there was more of?

From my shelf to yours,


7 responses to “Things I Want to See More of In YA Novels

  1. I totally agree with most of these. However, I definitely do not see the need for more series 😛 I’m the worst at reading those. MORE STANDALONES! I guess duologies are okay too, though. And YES, I am so on board with more FRIENDSHIPS being the main ‘ship!

  2. I agree with you on most of these. Most importantly, I’d love to see more standalones. Everything seems to be a series these days – and in that series there are upwards of five books. Really? I like to binge read series and the more books in the series, the longer until the series is complete, the more of a chance that one of the books will be spoiled and that’s not cool and decreases my chances of actually reading said finished series.

    For me, I’d like to see more main characters with mental illness. I am on the autism spectrum, so it’d be nice to see more characters that are like myself and have the same daily struggles.

    Thanks so much for sharing, Erin!

    • erinthebooknut

      Standalones are my favorite thing. I think it would be awesome to have more of them, especially fantasies.

      I’d definitely read more books about mental illness. I have ADHD and I can’t think of any books about ADD or ADHD characters. Or any on the autism spectrum. I would really like to see those.

  3. “it’s a little hard to have a relationship when you’re saving the world.”

    Hahaha, TRUTH. But seriously, I completely agree with just about all of these. What’s up with all of these trilogies? and insta-love? and lack of families? As for your last point, I’m tired of books set in the U.S. and Europe. What about Africa, Asia, Australia, South America…

  4. Milo

    (I’m so late to this but I wanted to say)


    Why is it that every time I read a romance story the characters all have god-like bodies? I want more (especially, boys) who have acne or are a little bit chubby)

    I want men who show emotions and not just show emotions like anger-
    I want boy’s who cry or get really happy over little nerdy things-

    3. More disabled characters- like, seriously. Why? I want more charcters with autism or people in wheel chairs-

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