Trends to end 2018: Fantasy girl makeovers

I've been on a fantasy kick lately, loving the rich world-building and kickass heroines.  There's just one little problem I noticed that keeps happening again and again: my kickass heroines getting makeovers to be prettier before they kick more ass. The first time I saw this happen was in The Hunger Games. Katniss was pretty … Continue reading Trends to end 2018: Fantasy girl makeovers

The Dystopian Formula

I've been reading a lot of dystopian novels lately, and I think I have figured out the recipe! Check it out below, with examples from 7 different YA dystopian novels/series. Start with an "ideal" society, usually formed after a rebellion that no one really remembers: The Giver, Matched: everything is clean, happy, ordered, and mostly … Continue reading The Dystopian Formula