You know how in High School they force you to read things and then over analyze the crap out of it? Well I do that when I read books. Not in a deep symbolic way, though. I do it in a crazy writer way. Usually I’m just looking for patterns in the works of authors.
I love studying simple books written purely for the authors pleasure most of all. More often than not, they follow a pattern.
Recently I was reading this book that was being advertised on (of ALL the places) Facebook. I was bored, the book was free, I bought the book.
So I start reading the book and I start realizing some crazy things:
- This book follows a trend that many books are known for.
- This trend is always very similar to The Twilight Saga.
All of the young authors these days I think were once Twi-Hards… Not all of them, but they’ve at least read the book. I always say that authors learn how to write through imitation so I find the fact that many authors imitate Twilight HILARIOUS.
Sooooooooo… Here’s the list of connections I’ve found not only with other books, but with Twilight.
- Starts on the first day of school.
- Main character is new to the school and begins their journey in the Guidance Office.
- Honestly, where else would you want to begin a novel???
- Mommy’s an artist.
- Someone ALWAYS has “mousy” brown hair.
- Will someone please explain to me what that means? I’m seriously lost. Is it like… mouse color? Or is it symbolic of something else??
- Main character is a tad snarky.
- Main character is hella chill with the impossible things happening to them.
- “I have super powers? Cool! Let’s go save the world.”
- The sportsy athletic guy likes the main character. He’s always kind of goofy and sad because he knows the odds aren’t in his favor.
- There’s often a wise/fun teacher willing to show his students the ropes.
- The main character’s best friend is the first person they meet.
- I wish this happened in real life…
- Someone has green eyes.
- For one, no one actually has green eyes. People can have an emerald color but it’s super rare. I can’t say I’m not guilty of giving my characters green eyes, though.. I just point out the flaws, I don’t fix them.
- There’s always a REALLY hot guy with dark shaggy hair.
- Once again, I am no exception. Come on, my main character Gabe is the spitting image of this novel stereotype.
- Immediate friendships/enemies are formed.
- Come on, give me a couple pages before I have to decide that this character is evil. I get it, they’re pretty and dating the guy you like, but that doesn’t make them your enemy right off the bat.
- LOVE TRIANGLES. Enough said.
- Hot shaggy haired guy likes the main character even though she’s not as beautiful as her competition.
- Lots of attention to “girly” details.
- By this I mean that attention is paid to someone’s hair, they’re clothing, etc,.
I’m sure I could keep going, but I think you get my jist! Oh, and don’t forget that when I make this list, it’s only a random musing. I know I fall prey to these stereotypes sometimes too so perhaps I’m a hypocrite ;).
Give me some feedback on some other stereotypes you’ve found in writing. I’d love to discuss this topic more with some of you!