Romantic Cliches in YA Literature
Even though most people can’t agree on what’s the target age range for YA literature, what we can agree upon is that teenage romance is a big topic in almost every young adult book you can find in stores.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad thing. We all know teenagers are dating and, in general, girls love to read about love. The problem is, it’s hard to write a romance that’s not one big cliché. I feel like if you can imagine any romantic plot for a book, it’s already been written.
To write a good and unique romance, authors have to fight against clichés to make them better, which is not an easy goal but once done, it pays off. Before you can defeat your enemy, you need to get to know your enemy.
Read three of the worst clichés in YA romances in the February 2019 issue of Curiositales magazine. By Martina Krausová.
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