I will autobuy anything by Courtney Summers, Tiffany Schmidt, Sarah McCarry, Nova Ren Suma, Brandy Colbert (eagerly awaiting her second like wild!), and Trish Doller on the YA side.
On the adult side, I’ll buy anything by Julia Wertz, most Haruki Murakami, Megan Abbott, and Gillian Flynn. I used to also autobuy Curtis Sittenfeld but stopped for some reason, but her next book looks like it’ll be an autobuy for me.
I’ve been blogging at STACKED since April 2009, so 6.5 years. In terms of blogging itself, I had a LiveJournal when that opened a long, long time ago. I have total access to most of my teenage writing, journal entries, and a lot of book thoughts, since I often wrote about books there, too.
The same issues prevalent in publishing more broadly are prevalent in YA: white men dominate everything. They reign on the bestsellers list, they take home awards, and they’re sent out on publicity tours/campaigns far more than females are. Worse, though, is they’re seen as heroes and saviors of YA, despite the fact women paved the way for them to succeed. That doesn’t mean they aren’t writing great things or getting people to read. They definitely are. But the idolization of the white male author can stop any time.
This is the kind of question I as a white woman shouldn’t be answering. Plenty of men and women of color have spoken about this much more eloquently than I am or ever could. Malinda Lo, Justina Ireland, Cindy Pon, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, and the entire crew behind We Need Diverse Books have written and talked so much about this. Their voices are the ones needing to be heard on this issue, not mine.
On a personal note: I make it my mission not to buy books by white men. Not that I don’t read them, but I get those books from the library. Because my money matters, I’m spending it on books by women and people of color. Full stop.
I will forever be wanting “Save the Last Dance” from the dude’s point of view. Because we don’t have enough black male leads in YA fiction, and we don’t have any black male leads who are dancers in YA that I know of.
I don’t necessarily think that trends need to be “over” since there are literally always readers looking for something — I know this from experience working with teens in the library. Vampires still matter. Werewolves still matter. Dystopians still matter.
And perhaps the thing that’s most unpopular to say: I’m pretty much over illustrated covers for YA. Some of them still look unique, but the vast majority all look the same to me. They’re getting boring and overused, and they’re making it difficult to tell apart.