I’ve ranted on YA paranormal romances before, but I’ve realized that character stereotyping extends into all the other YA genres too.
Here’s what I’ve noticed this week:
- Everybody hates the cheerleaders (there is a whole post in this one subject, but I’ll leave that for another day).
- The male character (MC/Love Interest/What Not) is always too gorgeous…never just good looking. He’s also super talented – a standout athlete, an incredible musician, a poet. Cause that’s realistic.
- The female characters always fall into two categories: 1) doesn’t know she’s pretty, and not popular or 2) knows she’s pretty and is popular. Rarely (very rarely) we have a fat MC, a zitty MC.
- The female MCs have one of two personalities: 1) super sassy, sarcastic, and bitter or 2) super sassy and sarcastic, but less bitter…maybe funny in her bitterness instead.
I actually have a million other thoughts on this subject, but I’ve got three extra kids today. My friends are helping with a funeral and I’m the official day care center.
BUT, I want to know what stereotypes you see in YA literature. Any thoughts?