You know the book model to which I referring. Girl meets boy. Boy is flawless. Girl and boy begin an immediate attraction and relationship within the first 75 pages. Bad boy enters scene. Girl swoons over bad boy. Girl begins a flirtatious escapade with bad boy while maintaining her relationship with angelic boy. Girl must choose one boy. Girl chooses who we all knew she was going to pick.
As someone who reads a lot of YA, I have become pretty familiar with this formula. This model is so implanted in 70% of YA fiction that I’m beginning to reconsider deeming these novels as “creative writing.”
As certain YA books receive popularity, I see more authors yearning to receive similar attention; this is where the book model strengthened and multiplied. Obviously, the popular authors must be doing something correct; therefore, aspiring authors must imitate. Unfortunately, popular authors gain their recognition from developing innovating ideas. It’s like when the iPhone hit the shelves. It was a new touch screen smartphone capable of things that other phones never were able to do. Other phone companies saw Apple’s raging success and sought to make similar smart phones. However, let’s be frank. the iPhone is always the smart phone because it was first. Therefore, these other aspiring authors are falling in the shadows of the popular authors because readers have already read “this book” before.
To all aspiring authors, the writing process is discouraging. However, readers appreciate the iPhone of books. Do not be constricted to a book model; make your own. Then, you’ll have everyone wanting to copy your book model.