For the first time all year I’m actually doing the prompt right! I AM. No twisting the prompt to my own devious devices! YAY. I’m so proud of me. (I’ll totally be evil next week to balance this.)
Communication is a fun thing that YA books are usually devoid of. And usually it’s okay, because it makes a fascinating story, but I felt like highlighting some of the worst communicators in my favourite books! (I absolutely love all these books, by the way.)
OH! And spoiler warning!! There WILL be spoilers for The Fault in Our Stars. There’s a few microscopic spoilers for City of Bones and Percy and Annabeth’s relationship status (but if you’re an internetling, the last two won’t surprise you at. all.) Ye have been warned.
This Week’s Prompt: Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who ___
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Without spoilers, let me just say, that if Dorian locked Celaena and Chaol in a room for 10 minutes at the end of Crown of Midnight and said, “Communicate and listen to both sides of each other’s stories, or I will slap you both simultaneously in the face with cake platter.” The ENTIRE of the series would be different.
For instance, my Chalaena ship would still be floating.
They’re adorable. They are. And I think their relationship bumps and burns made complete sense with their emotionally catastrophic situation. Many argue that they’re not a good couple — but I ship them! I DO. But, is it just me, or was communication a bit of a problem in Allegiant?
Tris: *does something without telling Four*
Four: We need to trust each other! We have to communicate if we’re going to stay alive!
Tris: Yeah, you’re right. Okay.
Four: *does something without telling Tris*
Are they a couple? Are they not? Are they friends? Are they more? If ever two people needed to define their relationship status: IT IS THESE TWO. I still believe Etienne lead Anna on a lot when he still had a girlfriend. I ship them, oh, I do! But they had some SERIOUS communication issues.
When a new Greenie enters The Maze and Newt and Minho are here to give the introduction, what do they do? VIRTUALLY NOTHING.
It’s basically, “Hey, Tommie, look, this Maze is bad news (stahp asking questions can’t say why yet) and don’t go outside the walls (shh, we’ll explain in about 5 days) and don’t panic (duh) and stop freaking about your memory (we don’t have time to explain that we all don’t have memories) and also here are #39805 weird slang words we use, please understand them all with no explanation by morning.”
Peoples, I love this book, I truly do. BUT WHY DID THEY HAVE TO TAKE THEIR SWEET PEACHY TIME TO EXPLAIN EVERYTHING TO THOMAS?
No one tells Katniss anything. NO ONE. Even her friends kept important things from her, aka Peeta casually dropping the “Oh, I love Katniss” bombshell and then afterwards being defenestrated. They were lying to her right through Mockingjay for goodness sakes. And let’s not Plutarch and Haymitch and District 13’s nefarious plots, centring on Katniss Freaking Everdeen…without her knowing she was the spark of their rebellion.
Oh my gosh. Communicate, please. Poor Katniss.
I’m only basing this off the first series because I haven’t read the second series yet (but The Lost Hero is waiting for me to pick up at the library! HUZZAH). But is it just me or would life have been simpler for Annabeth if she’d said, outright: “Percy, I like you, and it makes me jealous when you deludedly flirt on accident with other girls.” Instead of, you know, punching him in the face and not talking to him for 200-pages, so Percy thinks, “Annabeth really does hate me.”
I DON’T EVEN KNOW, PEOPLES. Just a hunch.
Gus: Maybe I should tell Hazel I’m dying.
Gus: But that’d ruin our trip to Amsterdam.
Gus: I won’t tell her.
Gus: Unless, omg, why don’t I tell her in Amsterdam!?
Gus: That’ll soften the blow!
Gus: Or, ya know, ruin the trip completely AS WELL. So yeah, I should’ve just told her before.
Ronan has a huge communication problem, down to the point where one day he pulls a bird out of his dreams in a kind of, “oh and by the way look what I can do” nonchalant way. I don’t think Ronan would tell anyone if he was dying of terminal brain cancer. HE’D JUST DIE ALONE. This guy. Seriously. He is so infuriating, but yet I love him the most of all the Raven Boys.
If you a) have an evil husband, and b) have a daughter with said evil husband, and c) decide to go on the run from evil husband, and d) and not tell daughter of her nefarious background….then, yes, you might have issues down the road. I GET IT: protect the children! So noble. So lame. Isn’t it better to train your kid for survival?! Isn’t it better to equip them in case something goes wrong like said evil husband catching up?! OH MY GOSH. Jocelyn Frey is the worst parent ever.
All it would take is, “Yer a shadowhunter, Clary” and 80% of book 1’s plot could’ve been cancelled.
There is not even one guiltless character her. NOT ONE. Of course, Skulduggery himself has a doozy of a secret (that’s revealed in book 6 and completely freaked me out) and then Valkyrie spends a lot of time prancing around keeping secrets that nearly get her gutted and killed. Do they learn from their mistakes?
OH HA HA HA. Of course not. Don’t be ridiculous.