This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by The Broke and Brookish) is a very interesting one! I'm sure that we, as readers, have so many ideas that we thought would make a great book. Or maybe, there are things that we wish to see more from a story (Could be a specific type of character, an issue takcled, a time period, a certain plot, etc). Here's mine:
I'm thinking of YA book written in Laura Ingalls Wilder era! I love reading about the prairie, when lots of things are still done manually (No TV! No washing machine! No stove!), people mainly hunts to get their food, school is a luxury, how the families are trying to survive as a newcomer in a new land. I know there are five generations of books from Laura's family alone (starting from Laura's great grandmother until her daughter), but I wish to read another characters which are totally new, but still in her young age, living in the same era, too. More of it, please!
I wish the families in contemporary YA aren't all dysfunctional. It's slowly becoming a cliche, you know. While I understand that no family are free of problems, I believe that there are lots of us who still have a healthy, normal, functioning family with all the dynamics (Hey, I live with one!). Think about the Garretts from My Life Next Door. They're so refreshing to read.
Means books with people of culture's point of view. One of my favorite thing about Eleanor & Park is that they're not your typical couple, with blonde/brunette hair, fair skin and colored eyes. I wish to read more books where the characters are hispanic, asian, african, european, living in an American society. I wish to see more culture diversity, too, but that would have more to do with the setting/places, which I would explain more later.
The main character is a bookshop keeper/librarian/author/book blogger, maybe? Would be fun to read about that *grins* Rainbow Rowell has presented a lovely Cather (a fanfiction writer and a devoted fangirl!) with all her awesome nerd-ness, and I'd like to read more books with similar main characters like her! To read a book where the MC works in a publishing industry (where the industry is a big, main part of the story and not merely an added element in passing) would be perfect.
Slow burn Romance
Authors must already be aware by now that readers are getting oh-so-tired with the insta-love. Life doesn't work that way, they said. Slow burn romance is a new perfect alternative for that. Think of all the angst, push-and-pull, I-don't-like-you-but-I'm-attracted-to-you moments with lots of clever, snarky, full-of-UST banters that can ensue! Fun, fun fun.
These are five places that I want to see more featured in YA books. Maybe a road trip, or gap year stories, or travel stories, but still told from an American perspective, with a vivid imagery that makes the reader feels like they're IN the story alongside the main character.
Thank you, Laini Taylor, for introducing us to the darkly exotic Prague. Now I need a contemporary YA where the characters are in this city!
I love South Korea! Their culture, their crativeness, their music, their street fashion, their variety shows...
For fun: Read one of my favorite expat lifestyle blog Lost in Travels. Chelsea is currently living in S. Korea with her husband :)
Most of the world citizen only know Indonesia because they've heard about Bali. (Part of them isn't even aware that Bali is located in Indonesia! Gasps) I may be a little bit biased here, but really, there are so much more beautiful places to explore in my country aside from that famous island and the capital city, Jakarta. So far, I've only (managed to found and) read one YA (titled Sea, by Heidi R Kling) that took place in my country. More of it, please! :D
My favorite reading wishlist on this week's topic is from Snuggly Oranges | Read the rest of the entries here