Every book has it.
Evil dads rockin’ world domination. Or Moms that died saving the world.
How many times have you read a book, and found out towards the end that the great evil leader of the Council who’s trying to tear down civilization is the protagonists Father/Mother?
Or the hero/heroine is an orphan, living in the shadow of her mother who gave her life to end the rebellion which was about to kill so many innocent people?
Okay, not even that then. BUT, how is it that 95.956% of the population in YA/fantasy have parents who are the head of the Council et cetera, and are long lost rare breeds of um…I don’t know… ‘important’ people? 😀
Don’t believe me? Here’s proof:
I must warn you: the parentage may be a spoiler, so if one of the names is from a series you are reading, don’t read ahead. *winks*
◘ Percy Jackson – Poseidon ( Percy Jackson) So he’s a son of the Big Three…
◘ Eragon – Selena & Brom (Inheritance Cycle) Selena was Morzan’s consort and the Black Hand.
◘ Clary Fray – Valentine & Jocelyn ( The Mortal Instruments) You know it if you’ve read it 😉
◘ Korra – Tonraq (Legend of Korra) Chief of the southern Water Tribe.
◘ Sophie Mercer – James Atherton (Hex Hall) He’s the head of the Council. I think? It’s been a while since I read the book.
◘ Cinder – Queen Channary (Lunar Chronicles) So that makes Linh Cinder tthe long lost Princess Selene who is supposedly dead.
So now every character in YA has important roots?
But let’s face the fact: I always LOVED those books. I still do.
This may have bugged me for about one month, but afterwards I realized how much I love that element. Knowing that there is something more to it. I always wanted a secret portal in the attic. Or the day my parents would tell me they were the kings and queens of Cakeland (Hey, I was eight…)
We readers read books to transport us from our own
distinctly normal life to another parallel universe. To a place where you always wanted to live. Where there’s magic. (In explanation of the last sentence, there are only two things to bribe me with, should the need ever arise – fantasy books, and CHOCOLATE :3 )
Gosh, here I am, sharing my fatal weaknesses with the world, wandering dangerously off the point.
This post was a mess, but I’d like to know what you think!