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Top Ten Reasons I Love YA Fantasy
YA Fantasy is my go-to. I still remember the time I found my first ever fantasy novel, and I fell deeply in love and never looked back. Since YA became an actual marketing group and it became much easier to find books targeted to a younger demographic, I have devoured them: some good, some bad, and some downright ugly.
- Mostly stories about girls and princesses, young and finding their way in a complicated world
- Often broody boys who may or may not be princes
- The girls are often magical
- The girls often come into their own power
- Cool magic systems
- Animal companions
- The diverse ones are getting pretty damn good
- When you find a good one it’s like coming home
- They’re like pizza, even bad ones are pretty good.
- I love YA fantasy specifically because it’s not as intense as adult fantasy and I don’t like facing adult problems. I deal enough with that in my real life. I like YA problems, like crushing on the cute boy.
And the final reason, being reason number 11, is that it comforts me. You can predict these stories, for the large part. You know that if a girl has to murder a boy she’s going to fall in love with him. Or if a princess has to marry a prince she’ll fall in love with his brother/childhood friend or bodyguard or captain. If the magical power is fire she’ll meet someone who is water. If the girl hunts a particular type of monster, she’ll either meet one or become one. I think I love it for its predictability, but when it’s not predictable, it’s even better.