Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and today’s topic is “Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlist — things you want to see more of in books — tropes, a time period, a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a certain plot, etc. ” . This is such a lovely topic, but I had a hard time coming up with this list. More and more diverse books are coming up lately, and so many things are covered under these books, that I had a hard time thinking of all the things which books don’t portray enough. Anyway, here is a short list of some things I want to see more of in books!
- Accurate Asian characters
I think it’s a fact well-known that Asian characters are not represented accurately in popular, mainstream adult and YA books (ones not written by Asian authors themselves). Of course, most books with Asian characters written by Asian authors portray Asian characters very well, and I appreciate that sincerely. But I just wish that the general stereotypes Asian characters fall into are removed, and they become more than just geeky, nerdy side characters.
I’ve read very, very few books which can be called humorous. I’ve hardly ever laughed out loud reading a book, and I wish authors would strive to write more books which are funny and can make you laugh your ass off. Way too many books are written with a sad backstory or a sad atmosphere, which makes readers cry and feel depressed. But funny books? I can hardly think of any!
- Non-romance YA
I find it very unrealistic to portray young adults falling in love and meeting their soulmates, and this seems to happen in every single book. I’m tired of reading romantic YA novels, I really, really need me some young adult books which do not have earth-shattering, crazy, movie love in them. Considering the fact that this seems to be the trend in both contemporary as well as fantasy books, I wonder why authors rely on a heave romance so much to make the book work! Like hello?? You could focus on other things! Like an original plot?
- Disabled characters
Though I definitely have read a few books which portray disabled characters, I just want more. The books which immediately come to my mind are Annie’s Song, Me Before You, Six of Crows (duology), Archer’s Voice and A Quiet Kind of Thunder. I want to see more representation of disabilities because I think it’s extremely important. We have so many books coming out portraying different sexualities, races, cultures and mental illness, and I think physical deformities should be portrayed in more and more books.
- Unusual settings
We’ve all read books set in USA and UK. So many books nowadays are coming out, which are set in Africa, Asia and other such places which were not portrayed much in mainstream books. However, I’d love to see books set in places like Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Greece, Turkey etc. The idea of The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy set in Prague excites me so much, because I have never even heard about a single book set in Prague! Unusual, different settings are absolutely amazing to read about.
Yes yes, you’re probably thinking about the Rick Riordian books now. And if you’re new here, I didn’t like the Percy Jackson books. I didn’t even finish the series. I’ve read very few books which have mythological references or are based on mythological tales. I really want to read more mythological tales, or books based on them. I think mythology is so interesting, and I’d love to read more books with it!
Yes, Six of Crows was fucking amazing, but can we have more cool books about heists? I know The Lies of Locke Lamora books are about heists too (right?) but you’ll be surprised to find out how difficult it is to find heist books. There are hardly any!
- Cool villains
Yes yes yes. More of this please! Even though an amazing male/female protagonist is a necessity of the book, I think the villain has the power to make or break a book. We need more cooler, darker villains who are a good match to the protagonist. I’ve read so few books where the villain makes the book enticing, and I want more.
So that was my list! I want to read books which have more and more of all the things I’ve listed above. Of course, there are certain books which have these elements, but I think there should be more and more books with them.
What are some things you want to see more of in books? Have you any recommendations for books which have any of the above-listed things?