Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top 10 Things (Themes) On My Reading Wishlist. In other words, what things do I wish Authors would write about? I'm sure there is an author out there who has written at least one book one all of my choices, but for me, there needs to be more!
- WWII. I cannot get enough of WWII, and I really do wish there were more YA authors who wrote about it. More specifically, I wish there were more YA authors who wrote about the S.O.E. and the Resistance.
- Victorian-era mysteries. There does seem to be a growing number of YA authors who tackle this time period and genre, but like with WWII, I can't get enough of it! Write more, please!
- The Practical Female. There are lots of kickass female protagonists (and I don't necessarily use that term in a positive way), "I can take care of myself," et cetera, et cetera. But what has happened to The Practical Female? That woman who is sensible, intelligent, and always does what is most practical for the situation. The Practical Female does not don trousers over dresses because she is trying to make some hidden cry for feminine rights; she dons them because the occasion calls for it. She does not fall in love because that is the requirement of all females - including the kickass ones. She falls in love because she truly admires someone, but is more likely not to fall in love, because it is an inconvenience - and anyway, it is impractical to fall for someone in the middle of a good adventure.
- Camaraderie. Be it between a girl and a guy, or a guy and a guy. What has happened to the good old fashioned brothers-in-arms stories? Oh, that's right - guys can't be really good friends without someone screaming "They're gay!" to the world. (Yes, I am rolling my eyes.) Rosemary Sutcliff was brilliant at writing camaraderie stories, and I wish more Authors would do it.
- Realistic dystopian. Dystopian novels are all the rage, of course, but I have always had one major problem with the majority of them: the totalitarian regimes are not realistic. For once, could someone please give this evil government some secret police?
- Ancient Britain. Seems like this era in history has died out with Rosemary Sutcliff, and while I don't think anyone is capable of writing about Ancient Britain as wonderfully as she did, I can still wish that some brave YA author would pick the era up and give it a go.
- Quests. What is the best part of Arthurian legends? The quests! Everyone loves questing knights and the magical and strange things that happen during them. Gerald Morris can't be the only one who writes these.
- Jules Verne-like novels. The father of steampunk, it's rare to find any YA steampunk books that actually take after his stories. Where have all of the awesome adventure/exploration novels with impossible (but not necessarily improbable) science gone?
- Boudicca. Now I pull a really specific topic that I wish more Authors would write about. Boudicca, for whatever reason, has always fascinated me. I wish more YA historical fiction authors would write about her.
- The Crusades. Yet another specific historical topic that I would like to see written more about - provided that the Author gives a balanced view of what happened the Crusades. Yes, we all know that they were awful; however, the Saracens did just as many horrid things as the Crusaders did, and vise versa.