Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, I get to tell you what I want to see more of in fiction. I’m about to get ridiculously specific.
Fiction Needs More . . .
1. Historical plagues and famines. The world has seen many plagues and famines during its long history. Where are the fictional stories set during these times?
2. Character-driven, non-tropey fantasy. One of the reasons I can’t get into fantasy is because the books are too similar for my tastes. Even the titles are similar. (Seriously, how many blood/smoke/glass/roses/bone/queen/pirate/daughter/assassin/thrones do we need?) There also seems to be a plethora of vague England-type settings. I want a fantasy book with a unique world and realistic characters. Like Smoke by Dan Vyleta, but with a plot.
3. Character-driven alien books. I like books about aliens, but I don’t like hard sci-fi. We need a novel that falls somewhere between The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber and Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. I want the amazing character development of The Book of Strange New Things and the plot twists of Sleeping Giants.
4. Unique dystopias with a strong sense of place. Most of the dystopias I’ve read have vague USA-type settings. Are there dystopias set in Africa? Or in South America? Asia? Books like Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, but more unique.
5. Friends and enemies who don’t become lovers. Novels about strong friendships or strong rivalries. The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough comes to mind. There’s romance in there, but there’s also friendship and a competition between enemies.
6. Isolated societies. If you’ve been on this blog more than once, you’ll probably know about my love of cult books and survival stories. I want more books about whole societies that are isolated from the rest of the world. Have you read the short story “Ice Age” by Alexander Weinstein? It’s about a community of humans who are trying to survive a future ice age. I want that story in novel form.
7. Islands and other obscure settings. I recently read a book set on the island of Lampedusa. Some parts of the world get neglected in fiction. I want to read about everywhere.
8. Good young adult short stories. Seriously, where are the good YA short stories? There are thousands of marvelous short stories for adults. Most of the YA short stories I’ve read are “Meh.” Get on this problem, YA authors.
9. Translations of children’s books. Lots of adult books have been translated, but what about children’s stories? I’m always looking for classic children’s stories from around the world.
10. Books set during wars but not about wars. This one is hard to explain. We need books that are set during wars but don’t focus on the war itself. The war is more of a setting. The characters are just trying to live their lives around it. Do books like that exist?
Do you have any book recommendations for me? What do you want to see more of in fiction?