I read too much and because of that I have the privilege of seeing the same story lines repeated over and over again in books of the YA genre. It becomes unoriginal to see a plot that is held together by the strings of what has worked well in the past. Really, nobody can anticipate what people will pick up as fresh and original, and so we may as well do our best not to fall trap to the fads.
“It is better to write for the self and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.” – Cyril Connolly
That being said, here are my pet peeves when it comes to plot.
10. The right person shows up at the right time and saves the day.
9. The characters go through hell, and then something happens to make the entire story null and void (like waking up from a dream, or finding out it was all a hoax)
8. The main character falls in love with the sexy new guy at school.
7. There’s a bad boy, clearly marked by his bad boy badness, but he doesn’t do bad things.
6. Love triangles.
5. The main characters are going on a quest to find rare things in forbidden places.
4. The main character has to grapple with their new found supernatural powers.
3. The main character and the love interest break up in the second installment of the series.
2. The main character and their friends have to stop the world from ending.
1. The main character falls in love with vampires, becomes a vampire, slays vampire or goes to a vampire school.
And now for a musical interlude . . .