Romance + Representation: What We Need More of in YA Fantasy

Romance + Representation: What We Need More of in YA Fantasy | A Bookworm's Guide to LIfe

It’s no secret I love fantasy. It can go so many different ways and it may very well be one of my favourite genres. But, like any other genre, it does have its problems.

Disabled protagonists

YA contemporary has gotten better at including diverse characters but they’re still missing from other genres.

Let’s have our protagonist kicking butt in a wheelchair. A blind knight slaying the dragon. Not all books with disabled characters have to be about them “overcoming their struggles”

Standalones and series

It seems as if every non-contemporary book these days (especially SF and fantasy) is in a trilogy. There’s nothing wrong with trilogies (Noughts and Crosses, The Hunger Games, His Dark Materials) but I want some good fantasy standalones. And more good fantasy series like Throne of Glass.

Less romance, more friends and family

Not every book has to have romance. I’d love to read more books that focus on close friendships and family relationships. Often when I’m reading fantasy romance, the romance takes the backseat and feels lacklustre.

Diverse settings

I’ve gotten tired of reading fantasy novels set in the same medieval England based society. It’d be nice to read about stories set in Africa (looking at you Children of Blood and Bone!), China, India, or a completely new, made up setting.

Representation

This ties into my first point. Diverse characters aren’t just for contemporary! We need more black, Asian, Native American characters etc. Books based on cultures from around the world are great too – done respectfully!

What do you want to see more of in YA fantasy? Tell me in the comments or on Twitter at @abookwormsguide

What We Need More of in YA Fantasy | A Bookworm's Guide to Life

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