Hello, all! I’m back with another Thursday’s Thoughts, which is my discussion series. This week I wanted to have a dialogue about what you all want to see more of in YA. I thought it’d be fitting to talk about four of the things that I want to see more of.
- I want to see more inter-religious relationships in YA. I know that religion isn’t one of the social identifiers that’s typically a major part of YA books (even though I’d love for it to be more present). Even so, growing up with parents who both had sperate faith systems definitely impacted the reader and writer I am today, and it’d be cool to see that aspect of who I am present in YA.
- I’d love to see more YA books featuring black Muslim characters. There’s recently been a push to spotlight Muslim authors and books that have Muslim protagonists which I 100000% support. Two books that come to mind are Saints and Misfits and Love, Hate, and Other Filters. I highly recommend you check out both. However, I’ve found that most of the times the authors or protagonists often identify as Arab, Middle Eastern, or Asian. Few and far between identify as black or African American. I’d love to see more YA books written by black Muslim authors and more books that feature black Muslim protagonists.
- MORE PLANTONIC LONG DISTANCE FRIENDSHIPS!!!! I’d love to see much more of these in YA because it’s such a realistic and everyday thing. One of my best friends moved the year before we started high school and though our friendship has changed, we’re still there for one another as we head into our junior years on completely different coasts. Plus, I’m all for great platonic friendships in general, so I’ll always support more of those in YA.
- Lastly, I want to continue to see intersectionality and diversity present in YA. Diversity and intersectionality in YA have gotten soooo much better, especially in recent years. However, there’s still a lot more work that needs to be done for YA to truly be inclusive. I know that there are many authors, bloggers, librarians, writers, readers, etc who are working towards this goal and will continue to do so. I’m glad to be one of them.
So that’s all for this post of Thursday’s Thoughts. What do YOU want to see more of in YA? Is there anything that you think we see too much of in YA? Is there anything that you want for the future of YA? I look forward to engaging in all of the lovely discussion. As always…
Happy reading, happy writing, and happy blogging!