Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Road Trip Wednesday: If I were the supreme ruler..

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:


  1. um.... not it! *hands reins to Kir or Amanda*

  2. I totally agree! In fact your number one was my number 1 as well. I'm so sick of the paranormal stuff. AURG!!! I'm sick of dumb girls too.

    my link is here

  3. Also agree with your first part. Bring on the truly strong female protags and the boys who deserve their love!

  4. yay for REAL and STRONG female characters!

  5. Wow, I totally agree. That bothers me SO MUCH (@ step 1)!

  6. Man, you're right about "strong female character" equaling "female character." And I actually never thought about it, but I can't think of the last time I heard about a book with a "strong male POV."


  7. Yes! More GENUINELY strong female characters please :-)

  8. I must not be reading the right books because out of the ones I've read recently, there's only a small number of weak female characters. Hmm...