We all know the common themes in YA novels. We think and talk about these repeating ideas. What about the things we don’t see?! We focus so much on what we do see that the things we don’t see are never brought up. I’m pretty sure you’ve thought about this before.
Here are some things that happen in real life that do not usually come up in YA:
- Girls who are taller than guys / girls dating guys shorter than them.
Other than the exception of Anna and the French Kiss I have not read a book where the girl is taller than the guy. C’mon people! There are plenty of tall females out there! I doubt every single couple has a taller guy.
- Girls dating guys younger than them.
In Past Midnight the protagonist likes a guy in a grade younger than her but she wishes that he was at least in her grade. What’s wrong with dating girls dating younger guys? I see it. It happens.
- Guys and girls who are happy being single.
I know girls and guys that don’t want a relationship at the moment. I also have a few friends that are so happy not having a boyfriend anymore. They are happy being single. Why do most characters want boyfriends/girlfriends?!
- Girls with short hair.
What’s up with every single girl having ‘long and flowy gorgeous hair.’ Yeah. Half of my girl friends have short hair. Seriously.
- Girls who like other girls.
I’ve read books with guys that are gay. What about girls? Are girls not also homosexual? So far the only character that I’ve read where a girl was dating another girl was If I Stay and the character wasn’t the protagonist. She was actually only mentioned here and there.
Do you guys agree with me?! Any other things you don’t see in YA?