Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Things on your reading wishlist… as it pertains to content, not a TBR future reads list. I think this dittos for what I would like to see in movies possibly. Let’s see how it goes!
In no particular order:
- A character with my name that does not get killed, whether it happens immediately or in the end. It’s a bummer. (Though it’s an older movie at this point, if you’ve seen Seven with Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow and know what’s in the box… you’ll know my disappointment at one of the first times I heard my name in a movie.)
- Books without a chosen one. Harry Potter covered this thoroughly. We’re done with prophecies of a teenager who is the only one who can save a given society.
- Books that are uplifting. There is enough hate and darkness in the world, I promise you. Lift me up now and then.
- Books that don’t make it surprising for a girl to be able to do something well.
- Books that are no-romance-required reads.
- Books where boys don’t have to apologize for being strong or aggressive or not into things that boys are “normally’ into. Basically, just let boys be boys in a healthy way. They are not always the bad guy, and they are not always hyper romantic, and they are not always completely aware of everything that they are doing. Let them be as imperfect or perfect as they are without apologies. You know what, ditto this whole thing for girls and trans and everyone. Let people be who the heck they are. If you can’t learn to relate to each other (and characters) in as safe a place as the pages of a book, then what are you so afraid of???
- Books inspired by lesser known mythologies like that of the Maori. I feel like I loved mythology so much as a kid, and I’m kinda over the-everything-must-be-greek-roman-or-norse-to-be-mythology bit. Bring on some greater origin stories and let’s leave the rest behind for a bit (they’re still good, they can come back later).
- More realistic space / interplanetary adventure. It’s eerie and delicious. We’ve had enough space opera and blaster gun pew-pew-pew fighting for the universe moments. Unless you are Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy, of course. He can stay. #StarlordForever
- Humor. Quirky or straight up comic lunacy, there needs to be more humor in books.
- STEM. I feel like so many books have characters that are into the arts, journalism, sports, you name it… but much fewer in STEM unless you are reading sci-fi. And don’t make the STEM kids overtly awkward and nerdy. Despite Silicon Valley and The Big Bang Theory (this may be outdated.. is it still on? asks the girl who doesn’t watch tv much…), most people I know in those fields are completely normal socially.
- BONUS 11th Pick (which is really like the number 1 pick): Diversity. All diversity. Color, country, culture, gender, chromosomally, physical capabilities, visual, aural and otherwise… there are so many people to represent in a way that isn’t shameful or bullying or even for the sake of awareness. Let’s put people on display and let their story speak for themselves.
I’m not sure if this is my full top 10, but they are definitely the first things that came to mind of do’s and don’ts on my wishlist.
What do you wish there was more (or less) of in books?