Hello, folks, my name is Lila and I have a bone to pick with the whole YA publishing industry. What’s the super important issue I’m here to gripe about? Well, ya see, friends, I’m here to grouse about the fact that we have so few books centering around witches on the YA market!
I don’t know about you, but I love stories about witches! There’s no denying that witches are freaking awesome! And yet there aren’t many books about them! Why?!!! So just in case some random person high up in the publishing industry stumbles across my blog, I decided to make my case for why I
want need more YA witch books!
Okay, First Off: Magic
Are you seriously gonna tell me you don’t want more magic??? I mean…come on…Really? Really??? Who doesn’t want more magic in their lives???
Plus, Witches Are, Like, The Ultimate Feminist Icons
Way back when, “witches” were generally women who didn’t conform to society’s strict and sexist standards. Thus they were branded witches and condemned to death. So it makes sense for witches to be fierce feminist symbols. Because what is a witch if not just a powerful woman? And y’all know that I think we need more feminism in fiction–so obviously fiction surrounding witches would fit perfectly into my feminist (v)agenda*!
*Bless you if you get that reference
Four Words: So. Many. Diverse. Variations!
All I’m saying is…think of all the opportunities to add diversity to a book that centers around witches! First off, witches appear in almost all, if not every, culture in the world! You could have covens from all around the world. Also–think about the possibility for lesbian and bisexual witches! I mean, it makes sense, right?! Because covens are all-female groups of witches! There’re just so many options when it comes to witches because witches are one of the only supernatural “creatures” that aren’t bound by terribly specific lore!
Publishers–Think Of All The Marketing Possibilities!
There are so many groups who’d love witch books, especially diverse witch books (see above point)! Beyond the diversity element, though, you have so many more options for witches! You could have high fantasy witches, urban fantasy witches, Southern gothic witches, historical fiction witches, witches who fall in love, witches who are good, witches who are evil, witches who are morally gray, the list goes on and on! There are little to no limits–there could be witch books to fit anyone and everyone’s taste! Trust me, publishers, you want to jump on this subgenre–it’s gonna be big!
Current Options on the Market
I figured I wouldn’t leave y’all without any hope at all. There are a few witch books already on the market (most notably J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series). But there aren’t many and there’s certainly room for lots more! Here are a few of your current options…
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