Q: What writing device or trick most irritates you when reading a book? For example, if an author employs an omnipotent narrator that is sometimes considered bad form.A: One element I cannot stand, and feel is used far too often, is the love triangle. It seems as though I cannot pick up a YA novel written by a woman without finding two guys fighting over a gal. I realize this is what appeals to some readers; I actually had a reader's advisory that revealed that fact the other day.
Student: I'm looking for books like Twilight.
Me: Well, what did you like about the book?
There was some humming and hawing back-and-forth before finally, I got an answer I could work with.
Student: I liked how Edward and Jacob fought over Bella!
I was under the impression that Jacob mostly moped and was a doormat to Bella, but whatever.
The fact of the matter is, I am burning out on YA literature, because of how they all seem to need multifaceted relationships with much drama. Are girls learning that indecision and leading guys along are okay things to practice? Are authors writing out of the secret wish to cheat on their partners? Why can't a boy love a girl, and a girl love a boy, and no one extra is involved, and it's all good?