It’s been a busy January so far. My niece, Maebel (Maebee) was born a week ago on Monday and things went from chaotic to full on uproar as we re-arranged our schedule to include another tiny body. But it’s good uproar and we’re enjoying the addition. And now, finally, I am finding time to do some reading and reviewing again. But first, today’s Top Ten Tuesday is on themes or things I would love to see in books I read. So, without further ado, here we go.
1. More asexual characters
This is a big one for me. I came out as asexual last year around this time and it’s been an interesting journey discovering things about myself that aren’t “broken” as I had always thought they were. Since so much of my life has been spent reading, I am really wishing I could see more characters like me – characters who were not necessarily hurt or “damaged” and that’s why they steer away from romance, but rather characters who don’t feel a sexual urge or who, like me, really just enjoy intellectual, stimulating conversation and that’s enough. Too personal? Maybe – but then again, if I don’t speak up, how can I expect authors to get the hint?
2. Family Bonds – a la Frozen
One of the things I loved most about Frozen was the exploration of other sorts of “True love.” As noted in #1, not all love has to be romantic – there are other bonds that are formed: family, friends, bosom buddies, godparents/children, and more. Where are the stories that lift up those types of love and make them desirable? I think if we had more of those then maybe we’d see less of the romantic loves crashing and burning since romantic love is bolstered by true love in other relationships.
3. Folklore from all over the world.
I love folklore so much that I want to spend the next several years of my life studying it in graduate school. I adore it. I love the morals and myths, legends and fables. I love folklore stemming from all races and religions. I would love to see more emerging in some of these fairy-tale retellings. Lay off the European folklore and let’s get some Far East tales worked up.
Yes, I love Daniel Wallace and Neil Gaiman – but where are the other people cashing in on this genre? Do you know of more magical realism writers? Because I would LOVE to read more.
5. Historical Fiction from the Middle East
I know they have a history. It sounds silly, but what was the last historical fiction book you read that involved middle eastern history? I want to know more about countries that I’ve only heard horror stories about on the news. I’ve been fascinated by Lebanon and Syria lately. I’m done with English monarchs and want to know more about those countries political histories.
6. Survival Tales
Are we over these? Because I recently read Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson and it was beyond fantastic. Nothing thrills me more than reading a good, solid survival tale filled with adventure, danger, and glory.
7. Interactive Books
Night Film by Marisha Pessl and “S” by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst come to mind here. Books that take us away from just what’s on the written page and really immerse us through things that we can understand. Maps, news clippings, web sites – these books have proven it’s not “cheesy.” I want more
8. Books about Composers
I’m talking all sorts of classical composers, not just the big ones. Where are the historical fiction novels on Gottschalk and Joplin? They had to have interesting lives… so why aren’t we looking into some of these famous figures.
I’m not talking about my dad’s generation of Westerns, I’m talking about novels set in the here and now – books about life in Wyoming, Montana, the Dakotas, Utah, even Colorado (outside of the cities). I spent a good chunk of my life in Wyoming and I don’t know that I’ve read a single book that captured what life is like there
10. Romance that doesn’t involve any of the following:
Love triangles, love at first sight, instant attraction love, love that involves cheating on someone else/hurting someone else, love that realizes that making love on a rocky ground isn’t exactly “making love” – especially if it’s your first time, love that recognizes that not every thing that people do with each other ends in mind-blowingly awesome sex.
What would you like to see more of? Chime in!