More Diverse Characters
More characters of colour, more queer characters, more disabled characters, more characters with complex cultural history beyond the typical "Half-Human/Half-Sparkly" divide. More. Just ... more!
Killing off parents, siblings and neglected gerbils is a great way to inspire the protagonist to do Hero Things, but it can cut out a lot of fascinating grounds for their continual development. It's also a great way of keeping their backstory relevant and in focus, as other characters attached to that story are in play at all times, affecting the plot and the stakes therein.
Re-imagining The Old
I love vampires, and while I'm not so keen on some of their more recent incarnations, nothing is ever going to shift that foundational love for all things nocturnal and neck-chompy. Radical reimaginings of popular cultural icons can be some of the most exciting and adventurous material for an author to work with. Modern mermaids who have adapted to hunt in modern sewer systems, faeries who join hippie communes to find victims for their pranks, zombies who volunteer as lab subjects for medical students - go wild!
I have routinely heard that my generation is the most cynical and sarcastic yet produced by humankind, so I continue to be bemused at the lack of really good, witty parodical writings that we have, as yet, produced. You've got to love a thing before you're ready to tease it to death - and there's plenty to love and rib roaming the markets today!
Ahhhh. This was gloriously cathartic, you know. However, just because it left me feeling thoroughly satisfied with life doesn't mean it'll scratch that same tumourous itch for you. Feel free to leave comments suggesing more of what you - yes you, dear readers - would like to see more of in the world of books!
~ Charley R