Today’s question over at YA Highway’s Road Trip Wednesday is:
If you were made supreme ruler of the publishing world, what would be your first ruling?
For me, this is going to be a two-step process.
Step 1: First, I would declare that we are no longer going to publish YA books about girls where the only thing interesting about them is that some super-hot, mysterious, abusive jerk is in love with them. This goes double if the only reason the jerk is in love with her is because of what she is, not who.
I mean, really, authors? Can’t we move past this? What kind of message are we sending to girls when our books are the supernatural novel version of that Rihanna/Eminem song?
We can write teen romances where the girl (who is the POV character, need I remind you) is allowed to make her own decisions and has her own personality, and they still end up in each other’s arms. Can’t we?
In my opinion, we need more heroines like Katsa, Nya, and even Hermione.
I remember seeing Maureen Johnson tweet about how a lot of the time people say a book has “a strong female character” when what they really mean is it has “a female character.”
Ok, whew. Rant over. Now it’s time for…
Step 2: Run and hide.
Seriously. I don’t want to mess with that crap. Sure, I want to publish, but I have no answers for all the troubles facing the publishing industry. I settle for following them, understanding the changes that take place… but I don’t know how to fix anything.
I can’t see any better way of (for lack of a better word) validating novels than the current system. I know for a fact that people who don’t follow the publishing world have no idea exactly how much crap is out there. They think if everyone could publish, it would all sort itself out. Personally, I think it would be a mess.
So, after step 1, I would hand the reins over to one of these ladies: