Question: What do you want to see more of from the genres you read?
I read a lot of different genres, as anyone who regularly reads this blog will already know. My tastes are fairly eclectic, so this is a fairly general list, though I will narrow it down so I’m only talking about fiction books!
Definitely more strong female leads. Anyone who regularly reads my blog will know how much I enjoy reading about a good, strong female lead. Good examples are Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Yeine Arameri from The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N K Jemisin and my personal childhood idol, Alana of Trebond from Tamora Pierce’s Songs of the Lioness. I don’t want to read about girls who need their men in order to do anything – I don’t think I know anyone like that in real life, and I hate reading about whiny women.
Realistic Reactions. Okay, one of my biggest bug bears in a lot of books that that the characters don’t seem to react in any sort of realistic way when something happens. Examples? When a female character has a breakdown over another character she barely knew, a timid, shy character becomes suddenly outspoken, a character with no experience of battle suddenly concocts the war-winning plan… yeah, exactly. I admit, some of those weren’t reactions, and yes, I can handle unlikely events (they often make for good plot twists) but really?
Singular Love interests. I think one of the most read posts on my blog was my post about Love Triangles. I’ve read about enough of them. I outlined all my problems with love triangles in that last post, I don’t need to do it again. And whilst I’m at it – what’s with all the instalove lately? Just set up a love interest, and stick to it.
Really good villains. Sometime what ruins a book (especially a fantasy novel) for me is when the villain is half baked. It’s fine if they’ve got something against a certain group, but to make me really understand them I need to know why. What makes them tick. I quite like villain-back-story, it gives me more depth, and I’d definitely like to see more of it.
There are probably more, but I’m just not thinking clearly right now. What about everyone else? What do you want to see more of?