30 Days of Books: Day 7

Day 07 – Least favorite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise

I don’t know that it’s a plot device, but as I was reading 60-odd YA books for a judging gig this year, I was disappointed to find how many of them had undeserved happy endings. These books might be crunchy, gritty and tough in lots of other ways, but they end up with the girl getting the guy, or the best friend, or the winning result, or the happy family … and it just doesn’t ring true. It’s almost like authors (or editors, or publishers) think that YA books have to have happy endings, no matter WHAT the subject matter. But life isn’t LIKE that. And teen readers are pretty smart, and must be as dissatisfied as I am when the whole storyline is betrayed by the ending. 

Day 01 – A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just freaking end already (or both!)
Day 02 – A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about
Day 03 – The best book you’ve read in the last 12 months
Day 04 – Your favorite book or series ever
Day 05 – A book or series you hate
Day 06 – Favorite book of your favorite series OR your favorite book of all time
Day 07 – Least favorite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise
Day 08 – A book everyone should read at least once
Day 09 – Best scene ever
Day 10 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 – A book that disappointed you
Day 12 – A book or series of books you’ve watched more than five times
Day 13 – Favorite childhood book OR current favorite YA book (or both!)
Day 14 – Favorite character in a book (of any sex or gender)
Day 15 – Your “comfort” book
Day 16 – Favorite poem or collection of poetry
Day 17 – Favorite story or collection of stories (short stories, novellas, novelettes, etc.)
Day 18 – Favorite beginning scene in a book
Day 19 – Favorite book cover (bonus points for posting an image!)
Day 20 – Favorite kiss
Day 21 – Favorite romantic/sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)
Day 22 – Favorite non-sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)
Day 23 – Most annoying character ever
Day 24 – Best quote from a novel
Day 25 – Any five books from your “to be read” stack
Day 26 – OMG WTF? OR most irritating/awful/annoying book ending
Day 27 – If a book contains ______, you will always read it (and a book or books that contain it)!
Day 28 – First favorite book or series obsession
Day 29 – Saddest character death OR best/most satisfying character death (or both!)
Day 30 – What book are you reading right now?


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2 responses to “30 Days of Books: Day 7

  1. Anonymous

    I think this message is a sign from God to me personally via the archangel Tehani. For the last week I have been in agony about my protag and whether to kill him at the end.
    Kill him? The reader will feel all betrayed and hate me and never read another one of my stories!
    Don’t kill him? It will be a bit cheesy and Disneyish, like when the Little Mermaid kills the Sea Witch instead of turning into foam!
    Now I’m totally killing him! Yay!

    • Anonymous

      Hee! Cool, I’m now the angel of DEATH! 🙂 Can’t wait to read this story – do tell me where it is placed!

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