This was hard to title for me since I don’t know how to word it to get my point across accurately! Basically this is a list of things or ideas I want to see more of in books, I will be listing the book or books I originally saw them in if it applies too. Hopefully the list will kind of explain itself as you read I will also link reviews for the books mentioned if I have them!
Also if you have any recommendations for me where these elements are present please let me know in the comments!
Contemporary/Modern Royalty (Preferably YA)
I don’t know why but I cannot get enough of contemporary royal fiction and I feel like there are a lot but at the same time not a lot? I just loved “Royals” by Rachel Hawkins so much and I’ve been wanting to read something similar so badly! I’m a little picky with what I want to read though with royalty like I want it to be an interesting but I don’t want it to be too corny or boring. (I basically just want Royals #2)
I have heard of Princess Diaries (of course) and The Royal We which I’m not super interested in reading, but if you have any recommendations for contemporary royalty books that are either YA or NA please let me know! (I won’t read any erotica though so if that’s what you recommend, I’m sorry but that’s not my style).
Ancient Civilizations or More Unique Historical Fiction (YA)
It’s always so odd that we get fantasy YA books inspired by ancient civilizations or times but never really any historical fiction set there. And historical fiction in YA are always the early 1900’s or the Victorian era it feels like. So where are my YA historical fictions set back further in time? Ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, and Mesopotamia? Or let’s see more Vikings or Mayans and Aztecs! That’d be so much more interesting! Also pirates too, Golden Age of piracy where are those books?
“And I Darken” is one of the few books I have read with this, portraying the Ottoman Empire and the old European country Wallachia. I need more!
I don’t know why but I love stories where death is personified and falls in love, maybe I just sort of romantically morbid. I can’t get enough of it, it’s one of the few exceptions I’ll make for a romance focused story.
I have read this in “East of West: Vol, 1” and while I thought the story was alright I really liked the Death aspect. Same with “Pretty Deadly: Vol, 1” which I liked a lot better, the story of Death falling in love in this graphic novel was done a lot more interestingly. I do own a copy of “Keturah and Lord Death” where Death is personified and I believe Keturah falls in love with him, still have yet to read it though!
Historical or Folkloric Genderbends
Once again I’m stealing this from “And I Darken”, why can’t we see more genderbent historical figures or folkloric figures? I mean a female Vlad the Impaler was awesome! How about a female Alexander the Great or female King Leonidas? Or a female King Arthur and a male Morgana? Why is no one making these things happen?! If anyone wants to write these stories for me, please do it!
Sci-fi Horror (YA)
I know this one isn’t as original as the others but it’s still something I want to see more of especially in YA. Sure there’s plenty of sci-fi, not plenty of horror, and definitely not enough sci-fi horror! Where are all of my ‘Alien’ retellings?! Space is a terrifying place it isn’t hard to make it into a horror show, let’s see more of it!
The perfect example is “Contagion” by Erin Bowman, it’s literally the perfect YA sci-fi horror! It blends together so many different threats and is super intense to read through.
YA Horror, Fantasy, or Sci-fi Anthologies
I feel like there really aren’t that many anthologies in YA and when there are they’re mostly contemporaries. I absolutely adored two YA anthologies “Slasher Girls & Monster Boys” which is horror and “A Thousand Beginnings and Endings” which is East and South Asian folklore and myth retellings. Both were absolutely fantastic and I need more anthologies like these!!!
There’s nothing more interesting to me than to read about an old childhood tale being turned on its head and twisted! It doesn’t necessarily have to be horror but anything more on the dark side, I think it’s an intriguing concept to twist our favorite fairy tales or stories into something a bit more sinister.
Would you read any books with these concepts?
Have you read any books with these concepts or something similar?
What are some plot concepts you’d like to see more of?