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This week’s theme is Top Ten Items on my Reading Wishlist – essentially meaning what are the top ten things I want to see more of in books. I am trying to figure out the difference between this topic and the one done a few weeks ago, about things that will make me pick up a book instantly. I guess it is a subtle thing… because this is more what I want to see more of and the other is what is already there that makes me happy?
Oh well, without further babbling from me, and as always in no particular order.
- Representation of chronically ill people. Especially people with chronic pain. I find the accurate and non-harmful representation of people in my situation is very lacking, and it hurts.
- Interracial couples. My husband is Filipino and I am white, and I really need to see our relationship represented more in literature.
- Strong, amazing, lasting friendships. Too often in literature, friends aren’t the focus. Especially in YA, there is so much of girls against girls instead of being supportive. For our girls, we need to show them that other girls aren’t the competition.
- Mental illness stories that aren’t focused on therapy. Therapy is a great tool for dealing with mental illness, and it is important to normalize going to therapy – but so many stories focus on it. I would love to see more books where therapy isn’t the focus.
- Happy fat girls. Fat girls don’t need to change. Fat girls don’t need a relationship to be happy. Fat is not an ugly word. Give me all the happy fat girls!
- Complex characters. Give me your grey morality. Give me your complicated backstories. Give me your heroes turned villain. Give me your antiheroes. Seriously, the more complex a character, the more likely I am to love them.
- More standalone novels. Or duologies. I am so over trilogies and larger series. Even though some of my favorite series are massive or trilogies… I want more standalone novels! (Duologies at most)
- 30 year old + protagonists. I am turning 30 in June. I would really like to see more of myself in books that have a YA feel (but obviously not YA). Why does it always have to be a teenager who saves the world?
- No more patriarchy! Especially in fantasy books. Why, when you can create a whole new world, are you sticking to the same limitations and prejudices of this one?
- More consistent pricing for books. Before the era of the e-book, the hardcover was grossly overpriced, and that was the cost you paid for getting it on release day. As such, we as consumers are very uneducated on the actual cost of producing a book. I would really like to see the pricing to be more consistent, because an e-book costing more than a physical copy seems wrong to me.
- As an addition to this, I would like to see an end to DRM.
What would you like to see more of in books? Or in the industry in general? Comment below, or link me up to your TTT!
Stay bookish, lovelies!