Have you ever felt you have grown a fair bit now, but haven’t lived up to your full potential, or did the things you could have done by now?
Or life could have been something more “interesting and eventful” now that you’re growing old or something? (Oh get a grip, I’m around 16, not OLD old😂🙆♀️)
Translation😂: If you’re a teenager, have you felt like you haven’t lived you teenage life to the fullest?
***If yes, you might be having a case of Too-Much-YA-ficiton-itis***
There’s hasn’t been a DAY I haven’t worried about this. But recently this feeling seems to have intensified. Why?
1. I’ve been having loads of free time and hols, since Easter.
2. I’m reading a lot of fiction and YA.
!!EXTRA EMPHASIS ON NO.2!!
Please, teens my age are saving the world already!🤐
There are 16 year old kids dating multiple boyfriends (who knows how many more are yet to fall for them), kicking butt on the battlefield, smoking weed/pot/whatever, and oh, getting pregnant.
(Speaking of pregnancy, oh goodness!! Is underage-pregnancy the new trend?! I need to write a whole post on this. *mutters to myself*)
And not to forget, they’re also fighting Lord Voldemort (or You-Know-Who huh), becoming Vampires, fighting the Hunger Games, getting into Factions and starting a new life and also leading a war. (WAIT. WAR??!!?)
And they are also discovering that they’re the long-lost princess from the Kingdom of um,…Excuse-Me-While-I-Get-Sick?
And also they’re 16. (What exactly is it with 16 anyway!? What’s wrong with the 15s and 17s?)
Again, I know it’s “Book World” and not “Real World”, but in My World, I don’t know where one ends and the next one starts.
I know I sound like a tiny kid who just found out Santa isn’t real. But it’s something deeper here. I don’t want to save the world from evil. (Not that I’d hate it …hmm) But I’d like to live my teenage years in a way that’s more than homework, gossips, jokes, social media and selfies
In plain words, I am confused about my life. I don’t know where I’m heading.
But here with Miss. Protagonist, my case is like- JUST WHO IS THE MAGICAL PERSON. WHY DO THEY HAVE THEIR LIFE PUT TOGETHER SO WELL BUT PRETEND IT’S MESSED UP BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT THE OTHERS DO?
For me, oh I just learnt to make an omelette yesterday. (Just kidding. I still don’t know how to😂)
Hands up, I agree it’s all amazing to be a part of Not-Normal Land and dream all day, and get transported into book world. Hell, I’ve been dreaming this way for 16 years of my life and where did I get? I remain right here.
It’s honestly depressing. Or even frustrating. I don’t know why this is happening to me. I’m a Mega-huge fiction lover. And I’m currently reading a YA/fiction, and I’m even addicted while I read it.
But when I shut the book and think, the reality floods in like a huge slapping ice-cold wave on my frolics and sunshine.
Did you ever notice that YAs have the BEST friendship and boyfriend goals? It’s more common there to have your friends and boyfriend(s) sticking up to you in matters of life and death, and not your parents.
Did you take time to think that it might not be true at all, no matter how hard we wish it was? (It’s breaking me to say this, but I’ve come here. So here we go)
Your parents and family is what stays with you till the end. Friends are amazing. I promise you can’t be without them. But they come and go. You might have to change or even move on sometimes. Well, the do stay but ultimately there’s their life, and then there’s your life. And its not really a Forever with every single person you fancy. But that’s not the case with family.
I think YAs sometimes make kids devalue home, in a supposedly “cool” way.
And wait, here’s another! IN YAs, YOU BECOME THE BOSS AND EVERYONE LISTENS TO YOU.
LIKE HEY!! SINCE WHEN DID THAT START HAPPENING TO TEENAGERS?!?!
The teenage main character finds out a mega-huge secret about the enemy mean girl/ army/ corrupt govt./ mysterious serial killer/ sketchy biology teacher. They run to people with power. And then either someone listens to them and joins them on the investigation/resistance right away, or they gather a group/army and fight.
SERIOUSLYY?! *eye rolls* I only wish it were that simple. I can’t even fight the trash-problem in my next street. *serious*
And oh here’s the signature line😂..”You’ve got power *insert name*, and you don’t realise it. You’re what the movement needs, *insert name again*. You can fire this revolution. You’re the bravest I’ve ever seen.”
And then BAM! ALL notions, prejudices and ideals ingrained within the people for centuries fall away and everyone’s geared up.
ALSO HEY IS THIS CLOUD PALACE IN HEAVEN? Because everyone seems to be as beautiful as Gods and Goddesses dropped straight from the abode of the angels.
I’m surrounded by teenagers 85-90% of the time and let me tell you the fact that they can be sporty, awkward, gothy, nerdy, geeky and not just plain pretty and too much into makeup. Say hello to braces, pimples, weird fashion trends and frizzy hair. Not everyone looks like someone who can win a Gigi Hadid look-alike competition!
And Love Triangles!!
Don’t even get me started there.
And it’s even okay with love triangles, but sadly it doesn’t stop there. It becomes Love Quadilaterals, and even Love Octagons who knows!?
Just Hell with the ‘Forevers’ and ‘Happily Ever Afters ‘. And it’s even worse in vampire stuff.
They get married and live happily ever after with their high school boyfriend/girlfriend. And mind it. Happily ever after here means 1000 years-something.
Sure, some of my classmates will end up marrying their current boyfriend/girlfriend but most will breakup before or during college.
Not to sound pessimistic but come on people😂
And hey, most teens are looking for someone who’d be a good prom date, not a good father.🙆♀️ This doesn’t mean that our feelings of love, confusion, and crushes are less serious, or that we don’t need narratives about teenage relationships. But making every teenage love story a permanent installment shows a fundamental lack of understanding of teens.
We might not want to envision breaking up with someone, but very few of us are looking for a true ‘forever love’ or a spiritual soul-mate whatever.
I’ve read this line about how YAs are mostly written by adults trying to relive their teenage years. Maybe. Maybe not.
And there’s a lot more we could rant her about, but I don’t want to make this uber-long.😂✌
P.S. So all of this doesn’t mean I’m against YA Novels. Some of my favourite reads are still YA.
I understand YA is fiction, and a story about a teenager’s every day life went would be pretty boring.
But I read a fair amount of YA fiction and it got on my nerves that EVERY book seemed to revolve around the SAME concept- Ultra Hot boys and too much cliche.
I like YA stuff but I think we need more than the current stuff. And hence the post. 😉🙂
EDIT: Word of Note!
~ P.S To All The Book Lovers Out There
I’m honestly one of you. I love YA, chick-lits, fiction and fantasies way too much. This was written 3 years ago, and its funny to read it back now. But I remember why I wrote this. I happened to read a mega-huge series which has to be undeniably one of THE worst YA series of books. It totally ripped all the classic YA details that we so love. Ugh. The series? Its called The House Of Night, by P.C and Kristin Cast. And I guess there are a total of 15 books, and one. lame. story. Well tbh, the first few ones were good. But ugh. Take my word and don’t continue the series if you happen to come across them😂
And they aren’t the only ones, there are a couple more idiotic ones that I’ve come across. But well, let’s be the proud Bookworms that we are and not get deterred.😉
Hope there’s no hard feelings. Lots of Love. x 😄