Friday, June 15, 2012
Look! I'm on a Team!
Any self-respecting female reader of the wonderful world of YA paranormal fantasy can tell you what Teams mean. It means taking a stand. It means setting an example for the young girls that follow in your wake. It means truth, justice, and the American-
Okay, yeah, I'm laughing my head off over here. Teams is more like where you decide which love interest is hottest and cheer him on.
I'm so glad to be a teenaged girl in this magnificent age of glorious literature.
Overload of sarcasm aside, Teaming can be fun. (My issue is Teams becoming the main focus of a series when romance should so very not be the main focus, but that's a rant for another day.) I Team around with some of the few YA series that I actually like. It's fun in moderate amounts because, hey, what literary girl doesn't like arguing over which character is better? Especially when it's between two well-crafted, interesting male chars...
(Hear me, YA authors? I said WELL-CRAFTED. INTERESTING. I'll go into details some other day.)
All this to say - I found Team badges! Most of the books I haven't read/can't make myself read, but there are a few. Anyway, these badges are really cool. If you like Teams. In intelligent amounts. Never forgetting that YA books should also have PLOT and not just insta-romance...
Yeah. Here are my badges.
Simon is pretty much the ONLY character in that crazy series I liked. And then I read a couple chapters into City of Fallen Angels and he was an idiot. Couldn't keep reading them after that.
I've gotta say. I read My Soul To Whatever The First Book's Word Is and gave up because I couldn't stand anyone. Except Tod. I've tried to wash the taste of the book out of my mind, but Tod was definitely good. I like Tod. Tod should dump them all and be awesome by himself. Do I hear an amen?
(Also learned some things about popular YA PNR that I didn't want to know. For instance, there are FOUR love interests in House of Night? No. thank. you.)
(And there's a Loki in the Trylle Trilogy? It looked hideous, but I may have to look that up. Because if there is even a hint of my dear precious Loki in anything, I will have to read it [I'll have to rant about my Unhealthy Obsession with Loki Laufeyson in the future].)
(Oh, and you ask about Hunger Games Teams? I refuse. The romance in HG is ridiculously played up when there are so many other things you should be focusing on. Like, I dunno, THE INJUSTICE OF THE WHOLE KILLING THING. However, if you have to know, the whole Gale vs. Peeta thing was never a big deal. The real battle was between CINNA VS. FINNICK, Y'ALL. Cinna wins by a nose.)
Thanks to I'm Loving Books for the badges - they're awesome. Blogger wouldn't work with the cut-and-paste link, so I just used the image. Also check out the favorite series banners - I may have another post for those...
OH. And when I find Anime/Manga Team Banners, I will so be back. Because those are even better than American YA.