Recently, I was thinking about some of the aspects that make up my favorite books. What common themes or tropes do I love in various genres? Over the next few weeks, I’ll be talking about some different genres I read (like romance, contemporary, dystopian, sci fi) and what my favorite books in that genre have. It’ll be a little like assembling the perfect book for that genre! Today, I’ll be talking about my perfect fantasy book.
Some of my favorite YA fantasies include:
Things I’m Looking For in a PERFECT YA Fantasy:
- A well developed world system. Logically, I want everything to make sense, but I also want it to be revealed to the reader in a slow manner. I hate info-dumping with pages and pages of world building. Most of the time, fantasies feature a character entering into a brand new world, but I also like it when they are already involved in the world (i.e. Vampire Academy).
- Strong characters. Fantasies need that perfect blend of a character that is well suited to showcase the world and vice versa. I love it when they compliment each other, seeming like both gain something from each other. I always am on the lookout for why that particular character was chosen to tell this story.
- Concise, clear action scenes. I hate when these are a jumbled mess with characters and fighting everywhere. I want to be able to see everything just like a movie scene. Keeping the characters straight is important.
- And on that note, having a clear and distinct villain. Villains are essential to a good fantasy. I want them to have good motivation, a strong appeal, and to be well developed. Just like the main character must be of the world, so must the villain.
- A beautiful writing style. Some of my favorites are so atmospheric that they draw me right in – like Camp Halfblood or the London Shadowhunter Institute. I want to be completely involved with the world.
- A captivating story. This is something that makes me put the whole real world aside and want to keep jumping back with these characters. It is totally involved and immersive. I want to never put the book down.
What qualities are you looking for in a YA fantasy?