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    How the modern girl is percieved in YA books

    I have read a multitude of young adult books with the same type of girl as the leading lady – plain, smart, unseen and yet also beautiful. These books also have a multitude of stereotypes – the goth, the best friend, the cheerleader, the smart girl, the "different" girl. How accurate are the descriptions given in YA books? Are the stereotypes pointed out in books counterproductive to the growth of the modern woman? How might these books impact on young women who see themselves as fitting into a certain stereotype – especially if that stereotype is construed as negative by the author?

    • It was be interested to see if someone could find a YA where there is either no romance plot or the romance plot doesn't matter. One thing about YA is the girl always has to have a guy who essentially comes and validates her beauty or her confidence and obviously they fall in love in such all at the age of 16. The problem with that rhetoric is some girls don't date at 16 or at all throughout high school yet every YA insist on having a love plot, and its also usually hetero relationship. So what does that mean for the LGBTQ girl or the girl who wasn't interested in anyone romantically when they where super young. – tmtonji 6 years ago
    • This would be an interesting topic to explore especially if you considered how these books both positively and negatively influence readers. I think one possible avenue to go down would be women's expectations about love after reading these stories. I know I grew up with unrealistic expectations about relationships because of the YA books I read so the theme of love would definitely fit into this topic as well. I also wonder if authors purposely make their protagonist more plain and generic so that young readers can relate more to the character. – MackEmb 6 years ago
    • "Percieved" in title change to "perceived" – Joseph Cernik 6 years ago

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    Great article and really good points. I feel as though our affections for a fictional character can be more damaging to ourselves than people around us. The books I’ve read often describe a character as highly attractive – ‘He had high cheek bones, a strong jaw and eyes which blazed like fire. When he looked at me I felt like I was set alight and my world as I knew it shattered into a million pieces.’ – The amount of times I’ve read something similar to that is mental, and when I was a young person I feel like these descriptions set unrealistic expectations of what to expect when I love someone. I certainly fell in love with the idea of characters more than the character themselves. Sometimes we feel like we love a character because we are yearning for a similar connection within our real-life relationships. Passionate lovers, rock-solid friendships and knowledgeable mentors all exist in real life but if we feel like our friends, lovers and mentors don’t meet our standards we might be more prone to search for these things through fiction.

    Can You Really Fall In Love With a Fictional Character?

    This is a great article. I’ve found the common trends exhibited in YA novels to be frustrating. It’s difficult to find a new book exciting or eye opening when the same plot is being used for a different story. I feel as though this is why I showed interest in Bryce Courtenay and similar authors at a very young age. My young mind needed to feel rattled and shocked by what I read. Sure, the cliché stories appealed to my hormonal teenage dreamer side – but while we are easily influenced and young, they can also be damaging and can provoke us to try and find what is being written about in these stories. We might start to crave love interests with brooding men, yearn for tragedy and look for a special power within ourselves that will never come out. Often tragedies and hardships are romanticized. What I’m saying doesn’t relate to all YA books obviously – and my argument might seem a bit flaky but I’m late to class so that’ll have to do. Awesome article!

    Has Cliche’ in Young Adult Literature Decreased It’s Appeal to Adult Readers?

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