Here are my top ten things I want more of in books! I thought it would be hard to come up with ten, but once I started thinking this through, I actually had trouble narrowing it down to ten options. Hee!
1. Cowboys. But, real cowboys, not just dudes dressed up in jeans and boots that say, "Howdy, Pardner" a lot. Basically, I want more historical fiction set in the wild west. I realize there is plenty out there, but we can always use more.
|(Maybe I would say "generally" instead of "always.")|
2. Non-graphic mysteries. I love mysteries. Favorite genre, right there. But... do so many modern mysteries have to be stomach-churning with the descriptions of gore and brutality and weirdness and general ick factor? One of the things I've been loving about the books I'm reading for the INSPY awards is that they're really great mysteries, but so far, none of them have crossed into the Ishy Zone.
3. Strong female characters who aren't bossy and/or brassy. I'm a woman. I have two daughters. I realize the importance of having strong female characters, ones who don't sit around waiting for a man to rescue them or capture them or notice them, and so on. However, too often writers (and moviemakers) use character traits like bossiness or brazenness to convey "strong." No, that's annoying. If it would be annoying in a guy, it's also annoying in a girl.
|(Strong, opinionated, gutsy, but not bossy or over-bold.)|
4. Romances based on characters getting to know each other, not insta-love feelings. I'm not saying love at first sight can't happen. Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut I think that lust at first sight is way more common, and people mistake that physical attraction for love. Anything that springs up quickly can die away quickly too without something more substantial than feelings to build on. You see someone and they're attractive and you kind of crush on them a little and you flirt and you think about them a lot -- that's great. That's fun. But don't call it love.
5. Hard-boiled detectives. Just because I love them. I can always find room in my heart for another.
|Alan Ladd in The Blue Dahlia (1946)|
6. Characters who love to read. Katherine Reay does this really well -- writing characters who read books, and using their book choices to help define them. I want more of this.
7. Fairy tale retellings. Not getting tired of these yet.
8. Intelligent children who obey their parents. I'm really tired of stories about kids who are so smart, they just have to disobey all their superiors in order to save the day or whatever.
9. Intelligent parents. While we're at it, let's do away with the "stupid parents who are incapable of simple reasoning and should not be allowed to drive or hold jobs" thing that shows up in kids books. Especially kids mysteries. Making the parents dumber does not make the kids look smarter. It makes the author look lazy.
10. Nice stories about nice people doing nice things. And something goes a bit wrong now and then, but everything turns out well in the end. Does anyone write books like this anymore? They should. I will read them.
|(I will also love those books, and hug them, and be their new best friend.)|
That's all I've got for today, bookish friends! Are any of these things you'd like to see more of? Did you do a TTT this week? Please share and discuss!