In the age of plastic, I for one am tired of the whole Cinderella—extreme makeover that always seems to take place in YA. Particular in the fantasy genre. Like I said before in the title above—if a bitch is ugly let her stay ugly. Let’s be real for a moment. Not everyone is born or going to live up to society’s standard of beauty. Everyone is not going to be drop dead gorgeous, model ready. So why is that every time I pick up a book the heroine is always “perfectly” beautiful (talking about you Celaena) or somewhere along the way, she under goes this drastic transformation?
To me, this says that all the work she’s done up to this point is invalid until she becomes beautified. That she couldn’t have her happy ending until she metamorphose from the ugly caterpillar into the butterfly. No one will respect and love her until that makeover happens.
Look, I see enough build-a-bodies, from IG models to celebrities. They all look the same with their Bug’s Life, shaped like an ant looking ass. Can we please get some thigh injections? Cause this shit is ridiculous.
I say all of that because I don’t want to read about that all the time in my books. Why can’t a girl or guy whose is not the most attractive get the guy/girl? Why the set of rules? Isn’t there more important things than looks? Like personality, intelligence, whether or not this person has a sense of humor. How about whether the person you are attractive to isn’t a double DD douche bag. I’ve read some books where beauty outweighs integrity, compassion, and self-worth. What’s worse is that many of these books with this problem are written by female authors. At least the ones I’ve read.
This should come as a shock but it’s not. Patriarchy, misogyny and sexism is still prevalent and something that we deal with every day. It’s so deeply ingrained in our subconscious that we as women don’t even realize that we’re doing it. Like why are we still dealing with the double standard of being comfortable with our sexuality? Why is it that the number of partners a woman may have been with automatically makes her a slut? You know the 5 limit rule?
Taylor Swift is the perfect example. I may not like her and the shady shit she does, but I think its absolutely horrifying that she gets slut-shamed. She’s young and having fun. Let her be. When she is ready to finally settle down she will. But don’t attack her for being one with her sexuality.
But I digress. Cause that is another topic that could be a later date. I just want to make it known that I’m here was the girl that is not the most attractive. Who may have the flat-chest or the gap in her teeth. Who may have a scar running down her face. I’m here for the guy that is 5’5 and scrawny with the big nose.
I want to see characters with flaws. Not just on the emotional level but as well as the physical. But please. Please don’t let there be some miraculous transformation that takes place halfway through the book and ta-da, everything is better.
No let the character deal with the trials and tribulations. Let them find inner-peace and come to terms with the cards they were dealt. Let the character give the middle finger and tell everyone to kiss they ass because they are happy with who they are.
We have enough Kim-Ks look a-likes, which I don’t need to see in the books that I read.
PS. There are other hair colors beside red and golden, pale-ish blond hair. Enough already. Mousy brown hair girls have just as much fun as the other girls. Thanks a bunch.