Have you guys been checking out the amazing tweets with the #VeryRealisticYA hashtag? It’s a beautiful mix of things that would make terrible books (goodbye, exciting plot; hello, actual high school experience) and things that I’d love to see in more books (not everybody is white, straight, and gorgeous? MIND BLOWN).
A few of my favorites:
Hero fails all combat tests. Trains during a musical montage. Confronts villain. Instantly killed. Nobody learns that fast. #VeryRealisticYA
— Daniel Parsons (@dkparsonswriter) March 29, 2015
I mean, the random nameless town guards have been training for years, and look what the villain did to them!
Teen listens to music and watches films from last 10yrs only. No idea what The Breakfast Club is, does not care. #VeryRealisticYA
— S.E. Sinkhorn (@sesinkhorn) March 29, 2015
For all those books that make their teen protagonists “deep” and “interesting” by making them be into classics and snooty about modern stuff.
Girl babysits. Never once in danger or asked to solve a murder. Years later is facebook friends with kids she used to watch #VeryRealisticYA
— Elizabeth M Nicolai (@lizinthelibrary) March 29, 2015
Oh hey, my actual life.
Girl's parents generally know where she is and what she is up to, and probably drove her there in fact #VeryRealisticYA
— hannah moskowitz (@hannahmosk) March 29, 2015
See above, my actual (teen) life.
After experiencing a scare, teenager releases breath she totally realized she was holding #VeryRealisticYA
— Michelle Krys (@MichelleKrys) March 29, 2015
There are teenagers outside of North America. They have feelings & wants too. #VeryRealisticYA
— Sara Farizan (@SaraFarizan) March 29, 2015
Yes please. More of this, please.
The two teens saving the world are not romantically attracted to each other. #VeryRealisticYA
— Mackenzi Lee (@themackenzilee) March 29, 2015
Broody bad boy says something sexist to quiet, bookish girl. Girl puts him in his place. They never go out ever. #VeryRealisticYA
— Ava Jae (@Ava_Jae) March 29, 2015
WOULD READ SO HARD.
Main character unable to get in trouble/save the world because she has two living, attentive parents. #VeryRealisticYA
— Tatum Flynn (@Tatum_Flynn) March 29, 2015
“I don’t care if the government needs to be overthrown, it’s a school night and you are not going anywhere!”