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Wanted: Lesser Known Fairy Tales

Jun
07
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Have you ever wished you could find that one book that was about _____? Have you ever found yourself wondering what a book with a certain kind of theme or message would be like? That’s exactly what “Wanted” is all about. A semi-regular feature, I use “Wanted” to talk about all those books I wish I could find that nobody seems to have written yet. If you happen to know of some books that fit my criteria, I would love for you to send them my way through the comments!

I adore fairy tales and fairy tale retellings. But, strangely enough, the majority of my favorite fairy tales are the ones that aren’t very well known, and are rarely retold. Everyone loves Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. Quite a few like Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast (admittedly, one of my favorites too. But the most mainstream of all of them, I promise!) But what about Tam Lin? The Twelve Dancing PrincessesThe Snow Queen? Swan Lake or The Firebird? Even the more well-known ones that just don’t get retold, like Hansel and Gretl or The Princess and the Pea. These fairy tales aren’t worse than the big five – they just get ignored because everyone is so obsessed with the others. Let’s see a few new ones shall we?

Some examples of uncommon fairy tale retellings that I’ve loved: Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George, East by Edith Pattou, many of the Once Upon a Time series published by Simon Pulse, The Snow Queen by Mercedes Lackey.





Wanted: Death Myths

May
03
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Have you ever wished you could find that one book that was about _____? Have you ever found yourself wondering what a book with a certain kind of theme or message would be like? That’s exactly what “Wanted” is all about. A semi-regular feature, I use “Wanted” to talk about all those books I wish I could find that nobody seems to have written yet. If you happen to know of some books that fit my criteria, I would love for you to send them my way through the comments!

One of the nice things about paranormal books in recent years is they’ve started diversifying – there’s a YA paranormal on just about any paranormal creature out there (although not quite: I’m still looking for some Elves and some Unusual Shifters). But one kind of paranormal that I would love to see more is the death myth paranormal. Every culture and religion has its own version of what happens when we die, and many of them could be turned into some incredible paranormal novels – in fact a few already have! Take, for example, Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson, the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent, or on a less culturally specific note Croak and Scorch by Gina Damico. I would love to see more paranormal novels exploring the lesser known death myths!





Wanted: Native Americans

Apr
19
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Have you ever wished you could find that one book that was about _____? Have you ever found yourself wondering what a book with a certain kind of theme or message would be like? That’s exactly what “Wanted” is all about. A semi-regular feature, I use “Wanted” to talk about all those books I wish I could find that nobody seems to have written yet. If you happen to know of some books that fit my criteria, I would love for you to send them my way through the comments!

I like my novels pretty diverse, when I can get them that way anyways. Reading a novel with a character that could be characterized as “minority” gives me an opportunity to learn more about them after all! And recently novels have been much better about featuring more “unusual” cultures and people. But one I have yet to see with any prevalence is Native American. I remember when I was still in Elementary school my dad brought me a book called Walker of Timeabout a young boy who travels back to live with his Hopi ancestors, and I loved it! The culture was so different than what I knew and the novel gave me a very different perspective from the dry textbook versions I’d known.

Since then I’ve kept my eyes open for more novels that explore Native American cultures, and as far as I can see, they’re few and far between! Granted, that may be because I prefer a little bit of fantasy, but the Native American cultures have a very rich religion that would make for an interesting fantasy setting, don’t you think?





Wanted: A Sidekick Protagonist (Guest Post)

Apr
10
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Have you ever wished you could find that one book that was about _____? Have you ever found yourself wondering what a book with a certain kind of theme or message would be like? That’s exactly what “Wanted” is all about. A semi-regular feature, I use “Wanted” to talk about all those books I wish I could find that nobody seems to have written yet. If you happen to know of some books that fit my criteria, I would love for you to send them my way through the comments!

Everyone, say hello to Briana from Pages Unbound! She’s stopping by today to let us know what she wants to see happen in future novels:

I love reading fantasy. It’s always exciting to enter into a new world where anything can happen and where people can possess incredible powers. It is a place of mystery, wonder, and endless possibilities. However, sometimes the people are just that—incredible, or hard to believe. If you read a lot of fantasy novels back to back, you begin to notice something. Everyone is special. Everyone is chosen. Everyone is the greatest warrior/wizard/king of their time. It turns out all their friends are super-special, too. For an example, you can check out all of Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books. They’re amazing, but I can never decide whether it’s too much, or just completely natural, that all the extraordinary people in the kingdom know each other. What I want, then, is a fantasy book with a protagonist who is not special, or rare, or the most talented at his or her particular skill. But I don’t want an “Everyman” either, because of course that has been done, as well. Check out J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. I want a novel about the sidekick, someone sort of talented who knows all the cool chosen people but is still somewhat on the sidelines. Like Harry Potter told from Ron’s point of view. Does such a book exist? Can it work, or will readers wonder why the book isn’t about Harry? ~ Briana

Thanks so much for joining us Briana!

Are there things you wish more authors would do or use? I have a guest post slot with your name on it! Email me through the contact form, and we’ll set something up!





Wanted: Dragons

Mar
27
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Have you ever wished you could find that one book that was about _____? Have you ever found yourself wondering what a book with a certain kind of theme or message would be like? That’s exactly what “Wanted” is all about. A semi-regular feature, I use “Wanted” to talk about all those books I wish I could find that nobody seems to have written yet. If you happen to know of some books that fit my criteria, I would love for you to send them my way through the comments!

Can we get some dragons in here please? I remember when I first discovered dragons it seemed like they were everywhere! I raced through the Dragonriders of Pern series’ in Junior High, as well as Patricia Wrede’s Dealing with Dragons and the rest of that series. I devoured The Hobbit and then went looking for more high fantasy, since there seemed to be a higher probability of meeting dragons there. And I read The Neverending Story hundreds of times, just to read about Falkor (okay, maybe not just but he was a lot of the reason).

The interesting thing about dragons, to me, is the way they are often portrayed as aloof, but incredibly intelligent – mostly because they’re incredibly old. They’re almost always quirky, funny and the kind of creatures I’d want to be friends with (when they’re not razing villages etc.) Lately dragons have made a small resurgence, in books like Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde and Dragon Haven by Robin McKinley. But these creatures have such potential that I would love to see more!





Wanted: Unusual Shifters

Mar
13
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Have you ever wished you could find that one book that was about _____? Have you ever found yourself wondering what a book with a certain kind of theme or message would be like? That’s exactly what “Wanted” is all about. A semi-regular feature, I use “Wanted” to talk about all those books I wish I could find that nobody seems to have written yet. If you happen to know of some books that fit my criteria, I would love for you to send them my way through the comments!

Have you ever noticed that almost 90% of the paranormal shifter population in books are werewolves? Then we’ve got, like, 8% devoted to some kind of cat, 1% to bats (to cover all the vampires) and that leaves most of the rest of the animals out of it. Where’s the fun in that?! As Amanda (On a Book Bender) will surely tell you, giraffe-shifters could be incredibly useful people! And just imagine what it’d be like to be able to shift to, say a rhinoceros? Or an Alligator? OR! A killer whale and be able to just swim across the ocean wherever you needed to go!

Another opportunity that gets lost by leaving out other shifters is the chance to explore animal politics. If there were a society of shifters but everyone shifted to a different animal, which animals would be on top? Which would be considered useless? Which would be picked on, and which would be feared? There’s a whole society to explore there, and I’m surprised nobody’s written it yet! (Or if they have, I haven’t heard of it – point me in the right direction please?)





Wanted: Real-life Becomes Fantasy

Feb
27
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Have you ever wished you could find that one book that was about _____? Have you ever found yourself wondering what a book with a certain kind of theme or message would be like? That’s exactly what “Wanted” is all about. A semi-regular feature, I use “Wanted” to talk about all those books I wish I could find that nobody seems to have written yet. If you happen to know of some books that fit my criteria, I would love for you to send them my way through the comments!

In honor of yesterday’s release of The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson, this week I’m featuring real-life mysteries told with a supernatural or paranormal twist. Seriously guys, I LOVE THESE! It has sort of become a thing, with the big one recently being Jack the Ripper (like in The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, which is totally awesome and you should read it, like yesterday. No, before yesterday, because YESTERDAY you should have read The Madness Underneath, right?) I mean, I love retellings, and what’s better than a retelling that might actually have happened? And there are SO MANY real life mysteries to be used! What happened to Amelia Earhart? What’s up with the Bermuda Triangle for that matter? Why did the bees all disappear in 2009? And I’m sure there’s any number of other unsolved mysteries out there – let’s hear about them!

Do you know of any books that take these classic real-life mysteries and tell them on a slant? What unsolved mystery would you like to see spiced up with some paranormal/supernatural elements?





Wanted: Stand-alones

Feb
13
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Have you ever wished you could find that one book that was about _____? Have you ever found yourself wondering what a book with a certain kind of theme or message would be like? That’s exactly what “Wanted” is all about. A semi-regular feature, I use “Wanted” to talk about all those books I wish I could find that nobody seems to have written yet. If you happen to know of some books that fit my criteria, I would love for you to send them my way through the comments!

Have you noticed how most of the books out recently are part of a series? So many are part of trilogies, and some are even part of sagas with an indeterminate number of sequels (4, 5, 6 and COUNTING!) While that’s great for getting MOAR of the worlds I love, it wreaks terrible havoc on my TBR pile – read one and suddenly you’ve got anywhere from 2 to 10 more books to add to your MUST READ list, and it becomes impossible to catch up! It’s certainly possible to write a sci-fi/fantasy novel without making it a series. In fact, some of my all-time favorites are stand-alones! The Neverending Story, The Princess Bride, Dragonhaven, Stardust, and The Night Circus all wrap up their tales within a single book, leaving just enough ends to keep your imagination working on overtime afterward. Let’s get a few more of these singletons – I want some books without strings ahem, sequels attached!





Wanted: Elves!

Jan
30
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Have you ever wished you could find that one book that was about _____? Have you ever found yourself wondering what a book with a certain kind of theme or message would be like? That’s exactly what “Wanted” is all about. A semi-regular feature, I use “Wanted” to talk about all those books I wish I could find that nobody seems to have written yet. If you happen to know of some books that fit my criteria, I would love for you to send them my way through the comments!

Have you notice that among the dearth of YA paranormal novels there’s one (humanoid) paranormal that is very often overlooked? Seriously, guys, where have the elves gone?! The closest books all feature Faeries (The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa and the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr, just to name a few.) I really love faeries so I’m not complaining, but how did elves miss out on all the fun?

One of the problems with elves is that they’re pretty unemotional. I’m not sure they could manage all the angst and drama that seems synonymous with YA paranormal. On the other hand, wouldn’t it be interesting to see a novel about these unemotional elves trying to raise an angsty human (or at least semi-human) teenager? They wouldn’t know what to do! It would be hilarious! On the other hand, take away all that stand-offishness and suddenly it’s much harder to tell the elves from the fae – the main distinction is Fae associate with seasons (Summer/Winter) while the Elves tend to just be high or low (sometimes light or dark). Unless they’re Santa elves, of course, but they’re even rarer.

An honorable mention for the “overlooked humanoid paranormal” goes to Leprechauns. They’re probably used less, but I really can’t imagine a novel with a Leprechaun protagonist (unless it’s Artemis Fowl type LEP-recons). I’d totally read it though!





Wanted: Post-apocalyptic and Dystopian Fantasy

Jan
16
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Have you ever wished you could find that one book that was about _____? Have you ever found yourself wondering what a book with a certain kind of theme or message would be like? That’s exactly what “Wanted” is all about. A semi-regular feature, I use “Wanted” to talk about all those books I wish I could find that nobody seems to have written yet. If you happen to know of some books that fit my criteria, I would love for you to send them my way through the comments!

You know what I would love to read? A dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic that isn’t tech-centered. Seriously, think about it – Divergent, Matched, Delirium, Glitch, etc. – all based around some kind of technology. It’s pretty clear what YA authors are worried about!

It sounds a little weird, I know, but I can think of a few books that have pulled it off. In Tomorrow’s Magic by Pamela Service all tech died in the apocalypse which allowed magic to resurface. John Ringo’s Council Wars series is more post-apocalyptic but when the tech gives out there are genetically engineered elves, dwarves, centaurs, mermaids etc. still wandering around. I think there’s a lot of potential here for good stories – now someone go write more of them!





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