Today at school, during a heated book discussion, a 6th grade boy exclaimed (over others’ fondness of the Warriors series), “Enough with the prophecies!” He couldn’t stand the formulaic tradition that seems to be mindlessly overused by fantasy writers these days: someone exists, always, to fulfill a prophecy! I thought he definitely had a point!
And, I add my own exclamation: Enough with the Headless Children on Book Covers; and Enough with the Reflective, Metallic Dust Jacket with Some Sort of Scientific Graphic Designs! (So weird — so many sci-fi titles and series with almost identical cover designs, but they are not by the same authors or published by the same companies.)
I wonder what other exclamations people have now regarding children’s books.