I LOVE love triangles! They are amazing! But what's really weird is that there are no girl love triangles. A guy usually never chooses between 2 girls in books, but the opposite. There are 2 guys involved in a Male love triangle:
- The hot, smoldering guy who makes the heroines' heart race every time she see's him
- The I've-been-her-best-friend-for-life guy who the heroine goes to for comfort and all
What I say is "You weak, cowardly more-than-best-friend-guys!!"
Quote Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
"Next time, pick up the courage to ask me before somebody else does!"
Oh my gosh, I just realized something! A FEMALE LOVE TRIANGLE IN HARRY POTTER!! Hermione chooses between Victor Krum and Ron. In this case, however, she goes for cowardly Ron-who-never-asked-her over brave 'ol Victor Krum. Interesting....
Topic #2: Girls beat Guys in YA!
Have you ever noticed how a whole lot of YA books are told from the female point of view? What about those guys out there who read books?? There won't be any for them to actually like. There are, however, good "guy books" like:
- Daniel X- James Patterson
- Maximum Ride- James Patterson
- Artemis Fowl- Eoin Colfer
- Airman- Eoin Colfer
- The Percy Jackson series- Rick Riordan
- Eragon + Eldest + Brisingr- Christopher Paolini
- Gone- Michael Grant
I think the main reason why, is because most guys don't really WANT to be authors, they dream of being, and I'm just guessing here, sports stars, computer-people, and comedians or whatever. Mostly sports I guess.
So what do I say? I say "Get out there, guys, and WRITE!"
OH wait, I just have this story to share with you guys (story-time!)
In Language Arts, we, for extra credit, could write our own ending to "The Giver" by Lois Lowry, so I, being the awesome writer I am, went home and type up 3 pages of my ending. We had a contest the next day, and the only two people who volunteered to read their story out loud. Me and a kid named Connor. Connor and his horribly immature violent-game-loving friend with cruel, beady black eyes, wrote a crude ending in which Jonas, the hero, goes to a gas station with Gabriel. The gas station blew up, and Jonas and Gabe died. Or was it that they got shot by border patrol...I forgot. But they were snickering in class behind me, blushing and laughing at their story. I heard snippets like "get's shot" and "giant explosion" and "nukes" as in "nuclear weapons".
I guess this is what type of stuff guys in middle school want to read about.
Topic #3: Parents
In some books, mostly all books, don't you notice how little a role parents play? Examples??
- Perfect Chemistry- Simone Elkeles
- The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins
- Wake- Lisa McMann
- Hush, Hush- Becca Fitzpatrick
- Leaving Paradise- Simone Elkeles
- Sea Change- Aimee Friedman
- Shiver and Linger- Maggie Stiefvater
- Fallen- Lauren Kate
- Wondrous Strange- Lesley Livingston
- Kill them off, simple. But the hero/heroine will be traumatized (I think)
- Missing. Hero/Heroine might go in search of them.
- Divorced- more explainable and easy.
- Doesn't care- a negligent, free-minded parent who doesn't monitor his or her child.
Anyways!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have SO much more to critique. On my list is:
- Weak, flimsy, dependent, emotional female heroines shining a dark light on the how women/girls have been looked down upon based on gender.
- Too perfect male hero's who are dominative and mean (Patch, Edward)
- Cliche plots
- Boring beginnings
Maybe I should stop now....whoa! LOOK HOW MUCH I WROTE!! The little "scroll down" box thingy is this small:
I'm going to stop now :D