Tropes I Love and Hate

Tropes are funny things. At their most basic level, they’re narrative devices, and in genre fiction in particular tropes form a fundamental part of what makes a story an example of a particular genre. A science fiction novel isn’t a dystopia without a broken society or corrupt ruler. A fantasy novel isn’t a high fantasy … Continue reading Tropes I Love and Hate

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The longevity of fictional teen relationships

Romance forms a big part of a lot of YA books. And it should; these books are, after all, aimed at an audience who are exploring romantic relationships for the first time. However, the result is often that the teenage characters in these books seem to fall deeply in love at the drop of a … Continue reading The longevity of fictional teen relationships