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spacebeastie said: Along the same lines as an earlier ask: What male characters would you like to see less of in fiction?
I saw the really useful response the other day on, effectively, female YA genre tropes. I did notice you have something up about common male stereotypes but is there anything about the YA genre that people need to stop doing when it comes to boys/men?
1) The enigmatic super special boy is a male character I’ve talk about many times before. From an old post:
The one character that I hate the most is the brooding, pale, enigmatic, possibly abusive teenage boy. This character exploded in popularity after Twilight came out and now he’s everywhere. He’s rude, he doesn’t have ambition or motive, he’s abusive, he’s manipulative, he tries too hard to be cool, and, for some reason, he keeps harassing the female protagonist until she falls in love with him.
He hates everyone and never talks to his classmates, but suddenly he’s intrigued with the female protagonist despite her being practically invisible. He opens up his world to her (or she intrudes) and suddenly! her life changes and this mysterious boy will protect her forever while abusing her at the same time.
The problem with this character is that he never suffers for his actions. There are no consequences for this behavior. Everyone worships him or lets him get away with anything and everything. This promotes unhealthy and abusive behavior as romantic or desirable.
2) The jerk genius who gets away with everything. This character can be female, but that is rare. The jerk genius is the arrogant guy who knows everything and who humiliates and manipulates other people because “they deserve it” for not being as intelligent. They’re written as desirable and as cool. They have no manners, they disrespect boundaries, and they’re rude in most aspects.
If you write a jerk genius, please write in the consequences of being a jerk genius.
3) The Gary Stu. It’s rare that I find Mary Sues and Gary Stus as I define them and when I do they’re usually written by writers who are inexperienced. But lately, I’ve noticed that the Gary Stu is showing up in YA fiction. Everything about them is perfect. They’re always right about everything and nothing they do is shown as wrong or a mistake. They look perfect, they sound perfect, either everyone loves them or hates them/is afraid of them (and they’re usually the enigmatic super special boy in the latter case), and they’re often a side character that the main character ends up viewing as the perfect human being.
4) The tortured hero who pushes everyone away with cheesy lines that sound like they’re from an 80s action/sci fi movie. If you’re writing a great warrior who suddenly falls away from society because a friend died in battle or through other means, you’re not writing a great warrior. Your character, if trained in combat or war or something else, will probably be aware that death is probable in certain situations. They probably know a lot of people who have died. Pushing everyone away so that they’ll live is a pretty narcissistic move on your character’s part if they think they’re just so unlucky that death only shows up when they’re around.
This character never overcomes their faults or fears. They don’t change throughout the story and at the end (or when they leave if they’re not the protagonist), they walk off alone. Their first appearance is what I find most annoying because they show up all angsty and tough, claiming they work alone while the naive protagonist chases after them, only to almost fall in a trap that the author uses as an opportunity to show how seasoned this new character is and to show how incompetent the protagonist is.
This character doesn’t need to disappear, but they definitely need to be more developed and they need to go through some changes.
5) The male version of the “virgin vs whore” trope is really annoying. One boy is the enigmatic super special boy with a dark side and an element of danger while the other boy is kind, generous, warm, a “good influence”, and sometimes referred to as “brotherly”. There’s often a female character between them and these two characters fight throughout the entire story. They’re complete opposites and they never really change over time.
6) That gay character that is 1) a stereotype, 2) Super Masculine Man who is closeted/bullies gay people/is used for comedic effect, or 3) in the closet politician who is having an affair. It seems like all gay men fall into one of these three categories in mainstream media.
why did authors stop naming their chapters i loved it when there was a clever little title for each chapter it was great
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IF U DO NOT LIKE ME:
1. Me neither
2. I don’t care
I don’t know the source for this otherwise I’d give it
but this is the most amazing solution to the biggest Harry Potter mystery
Hawkeye #19 was well worth the wait. I thought nothing would ever top Pizza Dog.
#19 is mostly in sign language with very little subtitles showing just how awesome the medium of comics can be.
Blaine proposing to Disney Princesses plus Gaston
Blaine is my role-model
i bet that cat doesn’t even game, it’s just doing it for attention.
Fake gamer cats, ugh
tbh I don’t see the fuss about having waiters/waitresses not being happy and enthusiastic like I came here to eat I didn’t come here to be amused by employees as long as I’m getting my food and they’re not being blatantly rude I don’t see why y’all need to go on yelp to rank a restaurant 0/5 and have an outburst on why your waitress didn’t smile at you when she poured you water
this is pretty fucking important