7/11/18

6 Things I Don't Understand/Annoy Me in Young Adult


Ayyyyeee. I'm really proud of how this posts graphics turned out for some reason, anyways that's all I really wanted to say on that... so, yeah, let's just jump into today's post!
There are a lot of things that annoy me, homeschooler stereotypes, jeans with fake pockets, etc.

But there are even more things that annoy me in YA, as well as many things that make me do a double take at the page I'm on and think, what in heaven's name is this unholy thing? 


So, today we're going over them, because... well, because I can.


What water are these adults in YA novels drinking? I'd really like to know as a teen who often feels written off because of my age, (which I can't blame most grownups for since I do still lack a lot of life experience and maturity,) how??
The new rebellion needs a leader? Let's put the emotional mess of a teenage girl or guy in charge. Sounds like a solid plan.

I'm sorry, but why on earth are we putting the fate of the world in a teen's hands??? Like, I don't trust myself with the fate of the world and I don't trust any of my peers either, but for some reason all of the grownups in these books are just like, yeah, let's give the teenager all of the responsibility!








Does no one else get hangry? How is anyone able to think with an empty stomach? Weeks have passed in your novel and there has been no mention of food, ARE YOUR CHARACTERS STARVING? DO THEY HAVE FOOD PILLS FROM THE FUTURE?? I HAVE QUESTIONS, PEOPLE.

Maybe I just don't understand this because I am a huge overthinker, but I'm sorry, say what?? What normal sane person does this? The girl character just sees a cute guy from across the room and she's 100% certain that he is her destiniy.... GIRL. HE COULD KICK PUPPIES AND KITTENS FOR FUN FOR ALL YOU KNOW, AND YOU THINK YOU LOVE HIM???  Personally, my reaction when I meet a cute guy: oh, he's cute...*goes on with life*Now, when I meet a person who I find attractive personality and appearance wise, I go into panic mode. I will find a valid reason not to like this person. Because feelings are the worst, and just no.  
^Me, when I think I'm catching feelings for someone.  


That being said, if I read one more book with insta-love, I will throw up. 






Honestly, this one is so infamous, 'nuff said.








I remember one time this guy was telling me how his dad caught him sneaking back into his house after a night out and only grounded him for a week, and I was just sitting there thinking how dead I would be if I did something like that.

And that's how I feel while reading young adult novels. I get it, I'm homeschooled so my parents are way more in my everyday life than public schooled characters, but still. These kids could get away with murder and their folks would be blissfully unaware.

I hate virgin shaming in books or movies. There is nothing wrong with being a virgin and waiting for the right person or waiting for marriage. There is nothing wrong with not being ready for sex, emotionally or physically. And personally, I find it rather creepy that the loser virgin stereotype is pushed by middle-aged authors and screenwriters towards teens.

 What are some things that make you do a double take in young adult? 
Also, sorry for the late post, I'm volunteering at a church program all this week, super busy. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

Happy Writing!

39 comments:

  1. I totally agree with the food one!!! What are these people eating?

    I did however, just read a YA novel, called TELL ME THREE THINGS, where I was very pleased to find the author mentioning food. The main character moves in with her rich step-mom and isn't too thrilled with the rich-people food. All she wants in pizza from Chicago and a slushie. She didn't spent an entire summer figuring out the perfect slushie combination for nothing. XD

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    1. Ikr??? I couldn't survive without coffee or chocolate.

      I've heard about that novel, and I need to read it even more now!!!!!

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  2. Omg I agree with these so much?! I think it's a universal truth that love triangles are urgh (they /can/ be done right but so many times they're done wrong wrong wrong). And I never understand how teenagers in books are running around and getting away with doing all kinds of things and their parents never even notice?? Like, HOW. I'm pretty certain that if I was going around trying to solve a crime or save the world or something my parents would at least notice something's up with me ๐Ÿ˜‚

    And the FOOD. WHY DOES NO-ONE EAT IN BOOKS. IT'S NOT NORMAL.

    Also I hate it when being single and never having been in a relationship is seen as something shameful?? Like, you don't have to be in a relationship to be happy, jeez... There is literally nothing wrong with being single!

    Something else that bugs me in books are the eye conversations? Like, two characters look at each other and with a few meaningful eye expressions they perfectly understand what the other is feeling. And I'm like. How. How do you convey things with your eyes like this. I mean I struggle with reading other people's facial expressions, let alone eye expressions? It makes me paranoid that everyone around me is desperately trying to communicate things to me with their eyes and I'm blissfully unaware... ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. Yesssss, preach!!!!

      I can only do the eye thing with close friends, so I totally feel you!

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  3. THE VIRGINITY THING YES. Why is that such a popular trope? Especially when the characters are like "I know for a fact that I'm the only virgin at my school!" and I'm like...hon. There HAS GOT TO BE SOMEONE THERE WHO IS ACTUALLY RELIGIOUS OR CONSERVATIVE OR ACE OR SOMETHING. You are never the only one, so if you think you are, it's time to go find a new group of friends who get you. LIKE WHY. I'm very passionate about this, sorry. XD #VirginAndProud

    And nobody eats ever...which I find so depressing. Like, food is my life. How do these kids live? (Personally, I almost always try to fix that problem in my own writing...people eat food and lots of it, and the one character who DOESN'T eat...let's just say people notice that, and she's probably skirting anorexia. :P)

    Awesome post...I agree with all of this ;)

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    1. I KNOW, IT'S SO TERRIBLE! I'd actually love to see more ace and demi characters, I feel like it would add such a nice platonic twist on things. Ah, same on the #VirginAndProud!

      YESSSS, WHERE IS THE FOOD???

      Thank you!

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  4. SO.

    MUCH.

    YES.

    *deep breath* I agree with you SO HARD it almost hurts. Ackkkkk. Like... GET WITH THE PROGRAM, YA AUTHORS.

    Okay, so actually, I fall prey to the food thing. I need to include more food in my stories. Will work on that. Don't want my charries to starve, after all. xP

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    1. I'm SO glad to hear that!!!

      I can fall prey as well, it happens. XD

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  5. I was laughing at the beginning because of the food thing and because of that gif. XD XD

    Love this. AND YOUR GRAPHICS ARE STUNNING!!!!

    I feel like now I need to go put more eating scenes in my books because I forget. XD XD

    Pills from the future would be awesome because I get bored of eating. (I still eat, but sometimes I'm just annoyed that I have to eat instead of better things like writing. XD)

    Great post. AND SERIOUSLY, THOSE GRAPHICS!! *heart eyes*

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    1. I'm glad it made you laugh!

      Thank you!!

      YES, YOU DO, WE ALL DO. XD

      Really? I love eating, except in the morning, so breakfast in a pill would be great!

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    2. Oh don't get me wrong, I love food. But sometimes it feels like a chore. Like, I'm burnt out on food, but I have to eat because apparently human beings "need food" or something like that. XD

      Mornings can be hard. I have a hard time with lunch because I'm sick of eating sandwiches and I really don't want to buy lunch where I work becaue I'm already working with all the food and...ick. So lunch in a pill would be cool. XD

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  6. I agree with the thing about the girl looking from across the street and thinking "oh he's cute."
    This makes annoyed because this is just a silly stereotype of girls, to be silly, flirty ones.. (I mean SOME girls are like that, but not ALL girls.) but also to just look at the guy for his "cuteness" is just silly, why not TALK to him to find out what he is like, other then see him and judge him only from looks.

    Also I try to put eating scenes in my books, but sometimes I fail too....XD (and I have no idea why.)
    -Quinley

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    1. Yep, it's so annoying and unrealistic for the most part! I only know a handful of girls that act like that, and they aren't the girls one would want to be a protagonist. XD

      Just throw donuts in! They always work!! ;D

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  7. Ugh yes all these things annoy me, especially the last one. Recently there have been so many movies that have come out where the objective of the teens is to 'get laid' and just...can we not?? It is not the whole objective of life, not by a lonnnngggg shot.

    Great post!

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    1. Ugh, same. That way of thinking is just really sad and shouldn't be shown to readers as ok, there is way more to being a teen than just that.

      Thank you!

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  8. Yes to all of these! That and the fact that book characters never seem to talk things through, they always run off. It drives me nuts.
    Great Post!

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    1. That annoys me too, who really does that in real life?

      Thank you!

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  9. Have you read Treasure Island? It deals with #1 in an interesting fashion, and you don’t have to worry about the others. There’s plenty of food, for one. Some might question the mother’s small part in the story, however.

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    1. Yes, I have and I do remember it being good with being more realistic.

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  10. YES YES!!!! I've never been a huge, huge fan of YA because of these reasons. I just feel they can be so shallow and so far from real.

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    1. I've never been able to really escape it besides Terri Blackstock books, I'm still looking for good authors!
      But yes, they can be so shallow!!!

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  11. My reaction to feelings are exactly the same. XD

    And yeah, there are so many stupid things in YA that ADULTS are giving kids and teaching them bad stuff. I mean, come on!

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    1. Ahh, yes, they are the worst aren't they? XD

      It's so bad! I really don't understand why this is being encouraged.

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  12. The eyes meeting across the room. Exactly. EXACTLY! Why can't the bad guys be the only good looking ones? Not all nice people are models. Also, we need to focus more on a person's character. It gets annoying when fangirls ignore abusive behaviour because the bad guy is 'hot'. Also, sometimes we need to guard our hearts and not let every cute guy in.

    The last one. Finally. YES. Slut shaming is such a huge problem but what about virgin shaming? Absolutely disgusting. We are taught that we are abnormal for not wanting to have sex or if we want to wait or if we are not as sexual as our peers. Why is it so embarrassing to stay a virgin at a 'later' age?

    I hate reading sex scenes, period. But all these 16 year old sex scenes. please stop. Stop telling teens to rush into things a lot of them are not mature for at all.

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    1. I KNOW RIGHT? Also, why are girls in YA only attracted to one type of personality and body type? And yes, the red flags are so high with those "bad" boys.

      Both are terrible! I also hate reading those scenes, they're just so forced.

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  13. haha, love this! Especially with ruling the world and "insta love". I too despise love triangles - which is why I've written a couple unique ones, lol ;D "you hate it so you wrote it?" yes, that's what I do. ;D

    keturahskorner.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm sure love triangles can be pulled off well, so more power to you!

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  14. People definitely need to eat!!! And I get hangry sometimes... :D

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  15. Haha, yes to the food thing! Like, do all these YA teens live in a dimension where apparently food does not exist???? What’s up with that.

    And enough with the "corrupt government" thing. If it’s pulled off uniquely enough, I think it would work, but most novels these days make it too clichรฉ.

    Love triangles. Yuck.

    This post made me both crack up (specifically the food) and think seriously (specifically the virgin shaming). Great post!

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    1. Besides that, what teen doesn't love food???

      Yes, I'll second that. XD

      Can we just,,,,, not with love triangles???

      Thank you!

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  16. This post definitely resonated with me as someone who reads tons of YA fiction, what may seem like little things do become a pet peeve over time. I totally get the eating one and it's a bit like in movies how they never shut any doors or go to sleep!?

    Debbie
    https://brewingcolour.wordpress.com/

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    1. I'm glad it did (but sorry too because ya can be so annoying and cliche). I've noticed that in movies too, the only genre that does a good job in that area seems to be horror!

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  17. Reminds me of something one of my favorite authors, Brandon Sanderson, posted on Twitter once:

    "Wife just took my hand and said, "I'm glad we aren't unrealistically self-aware teenagers trapped in a post-apocalyptic love triangle."

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    1. I think we're all glad we aren't in a world like that, goodness, no thank you!

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  18. A lot of this was hilarious! I especially loved the food one! I mean, I get really hangry (as does most of my family) and it's a problem. Which leads me to wonder why I haven't put more food in my stories. Perhaps I should fix that next round of edits.

    And the thing about feelings? So much yes!

    Loved this post, girl! Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thank you! Food is so important in stories!!! XD

      Yesss, thank you.

      ❤❤

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  19. Mary : To be honest, There is only one boy I like.... I. can't. help. it!!!

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    1. Crushes are a perfectly normal thing! I've only ever had two crushes, but they can be really sweet and a lot of fun.

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