Seven Kinds of Published Books I’d Like to See More Of

The TCWT blog chain is back, everyone. I’d shout out “Finally!” but I’m afraid that may come off as rude. Anyway, this month’s prompt is:

What kind of published books would you like to see more of?

1) First, just to beat everyone else to it: books with diversity! Not everyone is a straight white abled guy with nice hair, after all. I’d like to narrow down this request a little more by adding that if you do include all different types of people in your story (which you should), they have to actually have a personality and an effect on the plot, and they shouldn’t be defined just by their sexuality/race/disability/etc, which a lot of TV shows tend to do. *cough cough can’t think of any examples cough*

Also, if there’s going to be a main white character and s/he’s put in a position where there’s a lot of sun involved, the character will probably get sunburn. People with light skin get sunburned (sunburnt?) much more frequently than people with darker skin, to the point where one of my friends said to me “Hey can I borrow some of your sun tan lotion—OH WAIT I DON’T NEED ANY!” at the beach last summer, which was kind of an obnoxious thing to do. Yet if I were to base my knowledge of life on the books I’ve read, I’d have come to the conclusion that sunburn is nonexistent.

Basically, sunburn is very common, and it sucks. I’d argue that it’s perhaps the worst thing in the history of ever, with the exception of stolen remotes and spilled milk. Just thinking about it makes me wince. So if you’re going to ignore everyone but white people, you better at least give them sunburn.

2) I’d also love to see more standalone novels, especially in the young adult section. Oh wait, no I don’t. Series and trilogies are popular for a reason, people.  And I for one find it sad when I realize I only have a single book to spend with characters like Rudy Steiner or Margo Roth Spiegelman. With some characters, one book just isn’t enough.

People complain about having to wait for each book in a series, but honestly, I enjoy it, providing each book in the series could stand on it’s own feet, and the time between each installment is a reasonable amount. The anticipation, in many cases, is the best part.*

3) I’d prefer a couple dragons sprinkled into the young adult genre, if everyone else is okay with that. If not, then too bad— this is my list.

4) More morally ambiguous characters. A lot of authors seem to shy away from writing these, despite the fact that these types of characters are perhaps the most interesting. That’s what separates A Song of Ice and Fire from all the other fantasy series I’ve read and I assume that’s what made it so famous to begin with.

5) Also, I’d like more A Song of Ice and Fire novels, so hurry up, George. (Just kidding, take your time.)

6) I’m not a huge fan of love triangles, but I must say, if you’re going to have a romantic subplot, why stop at a triangle all the time? Where’s the love octagons, or the love tetrahedrons? I guess it’s up to me to write one of those.

7) More straight up humor novels, like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. We need more of those. Then again, there probably is a lot of those, and I’m just not looking in the right places.

*Ha, not really. Actually reading the book is the best part.

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