Top 10 Worst Young Adult Literature Cliches

I think (most of) authors should using less these cliches

The Top Ten

1 Love triangles

I can't stand those. That's why I try to pick books that aren't based on romance - BlueDiamondFromNowhere

Hunger Games, Twilight, Mortal Instruments, Fallen, Matched, Throne of Glass... - FavoriteFightingFrenchman

What are the chances? Why would any character love two people at once?

2 Love at first sight

Love should never be based on first sight. If you really derive an entire "true love" from just seeing someone, IT'S NOT GOING TO WORK. Love takes time, and this is just lazy authors skipping this element of life, and I don't care what excuse you make up for it; it's still a stupid cliche. - pandagirl

The only time I can tolerate this is in Disney Movies.

"Oh, hello, it's nice to meet you! POINTLESS ROMANCE MONTAGE! " - Garythesnail

Twilight is THIS. - DynastiSugarPop

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3 Bland and boring main characters

YES. I absolutely loathe Mary Sue's and Gary Stu's. They're just so flat and lifeless and ruin the book.

Cliché au lait with a lot of lukewarm water:
We have the main female charakter, which is so special, that you became a headache. She always thinks of herself as an ugly person, but she is beautiful and forget I to mention, how incredible special she is?
At the same time, she is a whiny, bratty, selfabsorbed bitch, with no personality or other likeable characteristics.
Then the loveinterest. He is extremly handsome but a total jerk and treats the poor Mary Sue quite awfull.
She falls in love with him because, he is so extraodinary handsome and we all know, that every girl loves it, when guys manhandle them, it is the sign of true love.
You can pick every YA/NA book you want, its always the same und it freaks me out!

4 The story is always in first person (narrator)

This isn't a cliche. There are four ways you can tell a story: first person (I walked down the street), first person with changing perspectives (Chapter 1 told from Bob's mind, Chapter 2 from Charlie's), second person (You walk down the street), and third (Bob walked down the street). Authors pick whichever one works best for their story. - pandagirl

I don't mind it, but it kind of gets boring and also repetitive in some stories.

5 Crazy adults that put teenagers in danger

Examples: In ''The Maze Runner'', adults erase teenager's memory and drop them in a dangerous maze only to be observe them. In ''The Hunger Games'', adults take pleasure of seeing teens killing each others. In ''Matched'', people that aren't citizens (aberration or anomaly) are working in the Disposal Department where there are poisons and the life expectancy is low and strangely, most of them are TEENAGERS. - BlueDiamondFromNowhere

6 The ''boring characters that falls in love with the hot and perfect character'' type of story
7 Most of heroes being teenagers

Uh hello? It says "YOUNG ADULT" Not 30 years old protagonist?

Well, it IS supposed to be relatable. - Garythesnail

8 Youths are always in danger while adults are rarely in danger

Yeah, example The Maze Runner and The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Selection e.t.c

9 The love interest being a jerk

And people asks themselves why young women still end in toxic relationships, with these guys as models of "boyfriend to want".

10 The main character having a bad childhood or a bad family

Harry Potter in a nutshell

The Contenders

11 New student and hottest person in school fall in love

I have seen this same story line so many times. New girl in school falls in love with the hottest, most popular, football quarterback (its always the quarterback) who has a girlfriend he doesn't know is a mean bully. New girl manages to overthrow girlfriend and snag guy for herself by the end.

12 Dystopia/paranormal romance
13 "I let out the breath I didn't know I was holding in."

Can we just let this line die? It's really stupid.

14 Dead parents

Why can't parents be alive for once? Oh, because they will get in the way of the hero/heroine's adventures. More people should work their way around this cliche.

Harry Potter has dead parents. - DynastiSugarPop

15 Main Character is 15-17 years old

I understand this cliche for YA books. Since they're aimed for teenagers, they'll have the protagonist be a teen so they can relate to the target audience more.

Well these books ARE for TEENS.

I saw this so many times!

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17 Girl falls in love with bad boy

Bad boy bullies new girl after they meet in the hallway after they "accidentally" collide into each other, Girl falls in love with the bad boy who tells her everything about his "tragic" past during the first few days they get to know each other.

18 Strong female character trope

You know, there are more ways to be a strong female without actually having to be a warrior or a kickass. Also, these women are usually defined by the trope, which means that they have no other personality traits besides. This is just a lazy excuse for a main character.

I prefer strong female characters over have weak damsel characters, though.

19 Teenagers doing drugs
20 They go to a school to learn magic

Honestly, I've seen very few books with schools for magic, however, there are many about schools to learn...well...anything! A have heard of Monster High and Ever-After High books (which I only read one each of and were horrible, and Monster High was so forgettable I forgot what they were learning), where the characters learn to be princess and fictional characters, which were a bit much. It was acceptable for Harry Potter, but that's because it was written good.

The only books I have seen with this cliche is Harry Potter, Hex Hall, and Carry On. And Carry On was basically supposed to be like Harry Potter.

Harry Potter and Percy Jackson started this - FavoriteFightingFrenchman

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