Thanks to some bright button who wanted to educate the populace, YA books generally feature school systems.
Being a teen usually equals some sort of school. Hmm, yeah, I’m crying too. Okay! Okay! School is fun for some people! I personally homeschooled and enjoyed most parts, particularly when I could skip the required reading if it was too insufferable. I was also the freak that got up at 6am to finish school before lunch. Which ended up in this reaction:
Parents: Oh look at Cait! She loves learning!
Parents: She is so industrious and focused!
Me: *LITERALLY STARTING EARLIER SO I CAN GET IT HEKCIN’ OVER WITH AND THEN GO DO MY OWN THING*
Hopefully my mother isn’t reading this and therefore doesn’t know that I really didn’t care very much for learning. Unless it was something I was interested in. Like how many barrels of salt pork you need to make the journey from New York to Oregon in 1880. * Then I loved learning.
Anyway, disclaimer: I’m thoroughly glad I was homeschooled. It allowed me to pursue my interests much earlier in life with much less stress, aka writing novels where everyone dies and researching how to raise an army.
* I’M NOT KIDDING. I WAS VERY INTERESTED IN THIS TOPIC.
But THIS POST ISN’T ABOUT ME. I mean it is. The world is about me obviously. But what I actually wanted to talk about today the types of schools you find in YA novels! And analyse them pithily as is what this blog is all about.
Also I’m linking up with Top Ten Tuesday! AND THANK ALL THAT IS HOLY IN THE SKY THAT THEY’RE BACK. Omg I should not be allowed to think up blog post topics by myself. It’s super scary. The prompt this week is “Back To School Freebie” hence we’re talking about 8 Types of Schools You Find In YA Books.
Um yeah I realise it’s eight not ten. But since when do I EVER fall the rules???? Never. First day back and I’m already a rebel. But the true reason is Playbuzz quizzes only allow 8 answers. SO. MY ARM IS TWISTED.
And BONUS! There’s a quiz at the end so you can see what school you’d go to!
This is definitely one of the most favoured and famous types of literary schools of ever. Why? BECAUSE HELLO HOGWARTS. And honestly Hogwarts rather has the monopoly on this type of school because the second you sneeze “school” and “magic” together, you have 42 people telling you what house they’re in when you don’t even care. *
Why is this type of school so loved? Because we all desperately want to be studying hexes and dark arts instead of, like, super boring mathematical equations, okay??? It’s obvious. My classes never involved “NOW TURN YOURSELVES INTO A DRAGON” courses and I’m a worse off student because of it.
- The Chosen One goes here and is probably bullied.
- You learn magic and are probably horrible at it.
- Food is fantastic.
- You’re here to fulfil your destiny.
- One teacher will definitely show favouritism.
- You’ll probably be expelled at some point because you did Bad Magic™ because the teachers didn’t explain it to you properly.
- You will be ALOOOOOOONE in the crowd.
- And one kid will have it out for you for no real reason except their father is a better magician than yours.
- Stars trios.
- Pets included, preferably magical.
* HEY I CARE! I’M A SLYTHERIN. I EVEN HAVE AN OFFICIAL BADGE.
The beauty about boarding school is: NO PARENTS!! And we all know books are less fun when there’s someone around being reasonable and sensible like suggesting wearing socks so one doesn’t get a chill or doing homework so one doesn’t get expelled or not sneaking off into the creepy woods so one doesn’t get murdered. Super spoiler or fun there.
Also boarding school books get super exciting when set overseas! Because everyone knows the love-interests are way hotter when they can’t speak your language.
- In a foreign country you’ve been FORCED against your WILL to go to and this is devastating.
- There is like 2% of schoolwork happening to the 98% of shenanigans.
- Someone is playing pranks that turn dark and dire.
- Enter Hot Foreign Boy.™
- Teachers are never around thank goodness or else how could we do all this evil.
- Food is abhorrent.
- Hence you must sneak in snacks and alcohol but it’s ok you won’t be caught.
- Unless that Girl You Hate™ dobs you in!!
- Someone will probably die in the dorms.
- Did you get left behind for the summer again???? Your parents are so awful.
- Your roommate hates you.
- Do some homework for heckin’ sakes.
Look we’re more here for the social life. This is the type of school where you don’t really appear to do anything except go to lunch. Or chat in the halls. And THIS IS GREAT ACTUALLY because actually going through tedious classes is…tedious. Also leaves tons of time to save the world. No one actually seems to achieve anything, though.
DO YOU EVEN GO HERE???
- Nope, she doesn’t even go here.
- We’re literally here to make friends and enemies and frenemies and get dumped or do the dumping.
- You cycle through a lot of relationships, ok. But that’s because your school is actually a Hot Options store.
- Skip a day, skip 10, you can make it up later.
- Little-to-no homework.
- Plenty of time for breakdowns in the halls though.
- You have that one teacher you HATE who always seems to catch you running in the halls.
- Omg did you just meet that kid you thought you’d never see again!!
- School lunch is always indistinguishable pizza.
- You sit alone at lunch because you’re a nerd, loner, new here, or social outcast.
- What classes.
This school is so mega competitive there is a 100% chance you’re going to have a breakdown. I get stressed just reading these stories. And the levels of intense are SO HIGH I thank the universe I never went to school at least 15 times, because holy heck, do you really have to do like 5 hours of homework a night????
Also the slyly aggressive shenanigans going on are totally scary because you just want to finish that essay BUT SOMEONE IS PROBABLY GOING TO DIE either so (a) the nasty evil conspirator gets the top place in class, or (b) mental breakdown.
- You’re probably here on a scholarship, aka you have to work HARDER THAN HARD.
- Everyone’s depending on your excellent grades.
- You’re so stressed you’ve started seeing numbers in colour.
- At least 12 people want to knock you out from your Top Spot and will probably concoct evil to torment you.
- Homework is so much you mostly just cry.
- What food? You never have time to eat.
- You’re seeing the air has a colour now.
- Probably taking something you shouldn’t be taking ok.
- You find a really good friend or love interest to distract you from your studies and THAT’S BAD NEWS.
- A stands for average. D stands for don’t-bother-coming-back-home.
The trouble with homeschoolers in books is that they’re usually portrayed as freaks. So untrue. We’re totally normal. Haaaaah ahhah HAHAH AHHAHAAH. Okay fine. Not normal. But still!! Homeschoolers get such a bad rap in books it pains my soul (remind me to write my own book to fix this omg) and while homeschoolers are weird — we’re not always socially inept. Gee.
- absolute FREAK who’s never socialised in their life
- generally is suddenly thrown into a school-setting and weirds everyone out with their free spirit
- dresses like a bunyip ate a tie-dye teeshirt from the thrift store
- is secretly super smart
- will take you on wild adventures because realises school is not the most important thing in life
- possibly homeschooling because has a life threatening disease and will die presently
- very lonely
- definitely single and quite scared will stay that way for life so takes up 76 extracurriculars to desperately find a better half
- also thoroughly adorkable
Nothing says “WE LOVE LEARNING!” quite like a school full of assassins. Ah. Good times. This kind of school is nearly as popular as the magical school — but added bonus is DEATH. It features a bi to fall types of schools too, just to make it jam-packed with fun. And plus all the bullies want to kill you and it’s super competitive because if you mess up you die.
Get those As in class kids! Nothing motivates you toward studying for a test better than seeing your classmate murdered!
- The teachers all appear to hate you for no reason.
- In poison class, there is a 100% likelihood the teacher will POISON YOU and good luck finding the antidote, that’s today’s homework, kids.
- Subjects are usually death, murder, weapons, death, history of death, how to be meaner, and etiquette class.
- You’ll excel in just ONE weapon, probably a small dagger, and wow everyone with your skillz.
- You’re probably the smallest and voted most likely to die — BUT YOU’LL SHOW ‘EM.
- You’ll probably fall in love with someone who is EMPHATICALLY NOT A KILLER and this will be a problem.
- Because you’ll probably be told to kill them at some point.
- Don’t eat anything from the cafeteria if you want to live.
This kind of school exists in books to remind us that SCHOOL SUCKS. It’s like simultaneously a release to us to know that our school life isn’t as bad as this. #Perspective. PLUS it’s also a very consolatory pat on the shoulder to give us leave to complain about school.
But honestly when you read about these schools you just get sO MAD and want to rush in and protect the poor bullied smol fictional character child.
- Bullies, bullies everywhere, and no one seems to ever stop them.
- They really have no REASON to bully, they just do it for the LOLz.
- You are 100% guaranteed to be a misfit and suffering from syndrome of Different From The Others™.
- But you will find a friend AS WEIRD AND DIFFERENT AS YOU.
- Then you can be bullied together.
- You probably hate school so much you contrive ways to get out of class like sickness or conjuring a black magic stone and moving yourself to another decade.
This school is quite fun because everyone seems to go to just ONE class. I guess this is to save time and not have the reader die of boredom during maths. * But it always seems a little unbalanced. Like ok, you don’t have projects for any other class??? Do they never affect your life??? Is your school merely running this one classroom???
Questions are here. They are unanswered.
- you either look forward to / dread this class an astronomical amount
- but it’s literally the only one (besides LUNCH…which is important) that anyone ever talks about
- it’s generally drama
- no joke, there is a 90% chance it’s drama and you are a dramatic wonder who loves to get lost in being someone else
- you’re probably an entire social misfit EXCEPT IN THIS CLASS WHERE YOU SHINE
- the teacher has a keen interest in you
- you’re probably forced to partner up with Person You Hate But Will Soon Come To Be Suffocatingly In Love With™
* Yes I’m picking on maths again, I CAN’T HELP IT. I HATE IT.
And now it’s QUIZ TIME!! Let’s see what kind of school YOU would go to if you were in a YA book!
It’s bene a while since I made a quiz, but it’s totally guaranteed to work. And if not…blame my dragon secretaries because they’ve bene slacking off majorly lately.
Anyhow let’s send you to school, little blog onions.
tell me if I missed any “types” of schools typically seen in books?!?? and which would YOU choose to go to? also what school is the quiz sending you to and are you happy with it?? and link me to your TTT posts so i can visit you too!!
bonus question: tell me if you like/liked school or not!