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With great YA literature, comes great responsibility

At the grand old age of 25, I fully realize I am no longer the target audience for Young Adult literature. Though I admit that I find it increasingly difficult to relate to a teenage protagonist, and high school drama really does just bore me to tears, I can’t seem to get enough of good old YA. And I can’t help but wonder; why, eh? (I apologize, that was inexcusable…) I guess my affinity for YA lit has to do with the fact that it didn’t really exist when I was a young adult myself. Sure, there have undoubtedly been stories aimed at young adults since the beginning of time, all dealing with themes of growth, identity, angst and so forth. But it has only been in recent years that YA became n genre. When I was younger, the Harry Potters were bundled in with the Very Hungry Caterpillars, and it was tough to find literature to guide me through such a rough, hormonal period in my life. I think when I was sixteen I weaved …

My Top 10 Most Hated Tropes in YA Fiction (2)

Just in case you’re not in the know, a trope is a term used to describe a reoccurring literary device, often to the point of being cliché, and they are impossible to avoid in fiction novels. But there are so many tropes out there we don’t always realize we’re in the presence of one. Some just aren’t that common, some we actually love (breaking the Fourth wall can liven up any story), but some are just so overused, so stupid and so painful to see that it’s about time I made a list about the ones that annoy me the most.

My Top 10 Most Hated Tropes in YA Fiction (1)

Just in case you’re not in the know, a trope is a term used to describe a reoccuring literary device, often to the point of being cliché, and they are impossible to avoid in fiction novels. But there are so many tropes out there we don’t always realize we’re in the presence of one. Some just aren’t that common, some we actually love (breaking the Fourth wall can liven up any story), but some are just so overused, so stupid and so painful to see that it’s about time I made a list about the ones that annoy me the most.

Jamie Oliver hired a convicted paedophile and it is unforgivably vile

Today in news that makes me want to opt-out of society and live as a hermit in the wilderness, Jamie Oliver has hired a sex offender as an apprentice at his London restaurant Fifteen. David Mason, 24, admitted to raping a 12-year-old girl and was sentenced to four years in young offenders’ institution. He served two years and spent two more doing probation work for the Prince’s Trust, a charity that supports 13 to 30 years old who are unemployed and usually disadvantaged.

What do you really think of the #IceBucketChallenge?

I don’t think there is a single person with internet who doesn’t know about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. But just in case, it’s a social media trend that went viral a couple of months ago wherein participants have to film themselves lobbing a bucket of iced water over themselves and donating to charity, specifically the ALS Association (or MNDA in the UK). Thought you’re more than likely aware of the challenge, not everyone is fully up to date with its associated controversies. Honestly, it’s a bit of a goddamn headache, but I’ve been nominated for the challenge and I didn’t feel right about just doing it without having a good old think about the issues. I’m annoying like that.