I asked some of my fellow editors about tropes that really bug them. These are some of the common responses regarding tropes about women and how they are represented in fiction.
Abby is starting at a new school in her senior year and has a secret she hopes no one will find out. She is homeless. She hates the lies she tells people to cover up her secret but knows she would hate it more if they found out. Along with the hardships Abby experiences with homelessness, she also has to navigate the troubles of an average high school student who has to deal with boys, school, mean girls, and of course, finding who she is. . . . Continue Reading
Hanna has lived in Clearhaven all of her life. In fact, she has never left the town at all. Soon she will turn eighteen and marry the man her father chose for her. She will be Edwin’s fifth wife. Hanna has always believed she was meant for more than being just another wife of a man more than twice her age. She often thinks about leaving Clearhaven and becoming the person she always wanted to be. But that would mean disobeying not only her father, but the Creator. When she meets a boy who has spent the last year outside of Clearhaven, she wonders if maybe leaving is actually possible. But will it be worth it if she has to leave behind her mother, her siblings, and everything she has ever known? . . . Continue Reading
“What’s your favorite book?”
That is one of the hardest questions to answer. Recently, my mom said something I resonated with about why it’s so hard to pick a favorite. She read an article which proposed that it is hard to choose a favorite book because we are affected by books differently at different times in our lives. You could read a book today and have a different perspective and reaction than you did when you read it three years ago. Similarly, different subjects and themes are important to us at different times. While a book might be incredibly interesting to you now, you might not want to read a similar book three years from now. A book that really impacted you might not be your favorite anymore, but it was still important to you and that counts for something. . . Continue Reading