YA fantasy books are boring me lately.
All of the worlds are based on England, or at least the UK, and everyone is white and straight and it’s SO BORING. Even though the storylines are different I feel like I’m reading the same thing over and over again.
Especially in fantasy books. Contemporary books have been getting more and more diverse, which is good, but I feel like we’re still working on fantasy.
To be clear: I don’t automatically hate these books or the people writing them. And it’s not like I can’t enjoy these books…but it’s like watching all the Marvel movies in one week. At some point, it starts to become repetitive.
So allow me to make a few requests:
ACCURATE Pansexual Characters
Look, I’m biased. You all know that. But I have never seen a pan character, at all, in fantasy books.
And I don’t mean a character or author just telling me a character is Pan – I want to see it. Show don’t tell, people.
Let me give an example: the difference between bi and pan is that pan includes attraction to people who are non-binary\trans\genderfluid. So to me, to show a pan character accurately would be to have a love interest that is trans\gender-fluid\non-binary.
Because sometimes in fantasy books words like pansexual or bisexual don’t exist, and when they don’t exist it can be hard to tell if a character is bi or pan. Both are fine, but again, I’m biased.
You could also say that I’m calling for trans rep in fantasy books. However you want to take it is fine to me.
Other than Christian, I mean. I don’t see any other religions represented in any YA books, and I want to know more! I’m curious!
As of right now, I’m an atheist, but I was raised going to a Unitarian Universalist church.
Not saying that I want UU rep – although I am really proud of the things the UU has done in the past – I just want to see more than the Christian religion. Buddhism is also something I enjoy learning about but don’t see much of.
I feel like we don’t get anything inspired by or based in South America? Which is so weird because there’s so much history there! The Amazon rainforest could also be an excellent setting, BTW.
The Mayans instantly come to mind for me, and TBH I really want to read a Mayan-inspired story. But there’s so much more! Many ancient civilizations and mysteries. For more information, there are a few Expedition Unknown episodes about cultures and mysteries and more that I highly suggest.
There is so much inspiration here!! Chinese and Japanese history is really interesting and then you throw in the mythology and you’ve got an incredible fantasy novel!
Also, East-Asian mythology differs from the Greeks or Egyptians, which is what I’m familiar with. It has a very different tone to it, which I find interesting (and intimidating…I keep running back to the Greeks 😂😅 )
Underrated Greek Mythology
Okay, here’s the thing: a lot of people claim to have a story based off of Greek mythology. But it’s always the same stories, and there are A LOT of lesser-known, amazing stories!!**
Greek mythology has people who are trans, gay, lesbian, ace AND they have some really badass females! Take Psyche for example – she made a mistake and then went through so many challenges and adversity to prove her love to Aphrodite. And she was pregnant the whole time!
Basically, the Greeks knew what was up.
So if your retelling doesn’t have any of that, it’s hard for me to really say it’s Greek-inspired. Their stories were about people! Not idols!*
*especially not idols. 90% of the “heroes” ended up messing up in some way and dying so…
**Also, take all of the above with a grain of salt. I get really passionate about the Greeks 😂
What kind of rep do YOU want to see? I could probably come up with more, but these are the ones off the top of my head.
Have a good week readers!