Just stumbled across this post today and I think it's worth sharing.
Joelle Anthony wrote a list of 25 most over-used things in YA and MG fiction. She called the article RED HAIR'S NOT AS UNCOMMON AS YOU THINK, and it came about when she was reading a lot of novels aimed at young readers and noticed some common threads.
First she laughed, then she took notes. She ended up with a list of 25 things that show up repeatedly. Things like best friends with red hair (#2) and the mean-spirited cheerleader (and her gang) as the story's antagonist (#13) and the dead mother (#12) a theme which Disney seems to embrace as well. See if you can name one Disney movie where the main character has two parents. (Cinderella? Nope. Dumbo? Nope. Bambi? Don't go there.)
If you want to read the whole list, check out Joelle's blog HERE.
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