So I have wanted to take part in this meme for ages, but finally decided it’s time I stop planning the posts in my head and actually write them. This week it’s all about settings we want to see more of in YA.
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created at The Broke and Bookish and the below graphic is from their website too.
1. I so so want more YA set in gap-years or holidays abroad. I love travelling and I think there’s a real gap in the market for this. Gayle Forman’s latest book, Just One Day, incorporates travel before college and I hope more follow.
2. More YA in boarding schools or creepy colleges. I can’t help it, I love these books. One of my favourite nonYA books is Donna Tartt’s The Secret History and I want more like this, but YA too.
3. UKYA. You can never have enough and while I love US set YA too, I have a soft spot for YA set in my country. I would love to see more outside of big cities too, like ‘smaller’ places such as the Peak District, Yorkshire, Devon, Cornwall, etc.
4. The apocalypse. Yes, there’s a lot of dystopian about right now, but I love stories set in the midst or direct aftermath of something apocalyptic and want to read more like this.
5. History. There is some great historical YA and in particular I would love to read more set in the 20’s, Tudor and late Victorian/early twentieth century too.
6. Road-trip. Who doesn’t love a good road trip book?
7. The woods. It’s another cliche, but there’s so much potential with the woods and I love it when authors use rural settings and bring them to life. You could do a summer camp book, or a horror, or anything really.
8. The coast. I’ve always been a water-baby so a rugged coastline, surf spot or diving haven is my sort of place. There’s something healing about the sea, don’t you think?
9. Italy – this is sort of in with gaps years, but I’ve seen a lot of books in Paris, but hardly in Italy, a country I love. Not just is the food to die for, but you’ve got coast, lakes, countryside and big cities, not to mention the history, so there’s a lot of scope here, I think.
10. Jail. No, this isn’t as awful as it sounds but there’s been some great YA written about teenagers in young offenders’ institutions such as Looking for JJ or Heart-Shaped Bruise and I think there are some really interesting stories to be told here.