Welcome to my first TTT of the year! Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Books I Wish Had Less Girl-On-Girl-Hate In Them. Initially, I wanted this to be a Books I Wish Had Less Romance but I figured it’ll just be me ranting and roasting books for the abundance of romance and oh-so-sickening instalove.
So back to girl on girl hate. I’ve seen that this is a common thing in YA books, and I’m getting tired of this. Girls being bitchy towards each other because of a boy, or that whole “I’m not that kind of girl”/”I’m not like other girls” idea. While I am saying this, it doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the books. They are pretty good and I like them, I just think that the intense girl hate was unnecessary.
Okay so enough of me explaining myself, let’s go on with the list:
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
One thing in YA literature that’s as common as instalove is girl-on-girl instahate. A perfect example is Evangeline Samos towards Mare, and Mare returns the sentiment. I mean:
“Her gaze lands on Cal—I mean the prince—trying to entice him with her doe eyes or the occasional flip of honey-blond hair. In short, she looks foolish.”
“Get in my way and I’ll kill you slowly, little lightning girl,” she mutters through her smile.”
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
I just want an epic queen battle with more amazing bad ass powers, and less relationship drama. If you’ve read this first book, you know that it’ll go in that directionwhat with a certain incident in the beach, and the hatred is just gonna intensify.
The Selection by Kiera Cass
America and Celeste, oh my god. America as a character was already frustrating enough for me, but adding in Celeste and their intense hatred for each other had me rolling my eyes every now and then. Though Celeste sort of “redeemed herself” in The One, I still don’t like how it all played out.
With Malice by Eileen Cook
It’s a good enough murder story, and I would be pretty impressed by it had I not read Dangerous Girls before it. I won’t go into detail about this one as it is a spoiler.
Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar
This was probably my guilty pleasure way back when I was in college, along with the Pretty Little Liars books. Looking back on it now though, there just seemed to be a lot of girl hate, especially with Blair and Serena. It seems like they had the type of friendship that was great for them at first, but they outgrew each other but kept each other close even if they secretly hated each other.
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Okay, wait, let me explain myself. First of all I loved this book, and the feminist theme was awesome. I loved how strong and bad ass Audrey Rose was as a character, especially in that kind of setting. With that being said, what threw me off was her whole “I’m not like other girls” inner monologue that the other girls only cared about dresses and appearances and all that.
I initially wanted to add a whole lot of other books to this list: like Pretty Little Liars and Tiny Pretty Things. But thinking about it, that was what actually fueled the story, and gave it more drama. And this is good, as long as it’s within context. The Grisha Series with Zoya and Alina, as well as the Throne of Glass series with Celaena and Kaltain, or Celaena and Lysandra also had this, but I am so glad it’s been resolved. Zoya and Alina at the very least were civil to each other in the end, and Lysandra became a permanent part of the squad.
So yeah, that’s it for now! What do you have to say about this? Let me know down below!