Friday Five (2) and Weekly Recap

Welcome to Friday Five! This new meme is run by the writers at Paper Hangover. Each week they give us a blogging prompt where we make a list about five things related to books and/or writing.

This week’s topic is “What are five things you wish to see more of in fiction?”

1. Horror. I don’t think there’s enough truly scary fiction.

2. Honest friendships. My best friends and I have messy, complicated, full relationships, and I feel this is rarely portrayed well in fiction.

3. Boy-girl friendships. Why is it that every boy and girl who are friends have to fall in love? So not true. Can I get a little platonic up in here?

4. Sex in YA. There. I said it. I knew a lot of people who were having sex well before college. Why isn’t this represented in YA fiction?

5. College settings. This is the black hole of fiction. Everything is split between high school and younger or mid-twenties/first job age. Where’s the college love?

What do you wish you saw more in fiction?

My weekly recap is inspired by the phenomenally talented, kind and generous Small Review. If you are not already following her, you are really missing out. Also, have I mentioned how much I love Cool Text? They’re the folks that allow me to make these cool (and simple) text buttons – for FREE!

If you’re a first time visitor, or just didn’t get the chance to stop by this week, here’s what you missed:

Features and Memes
Writing Wednesday – Making It (Too) Personal
I discuss how much of my inner psyche transfers into my fiction.

A GAME OF THRONES by George R. R. Martin
Book and TV Show Review
3/5 stars
2011 Fantasy Reading Challenge

BUMPED by Megan McCafferty
3/5 stars
2011 Debut Author Challenge

THE GODDESS TEST by Aimee Carter
4/5 stars
2011 Debut Author Challenge

There won’t be a Silly Sunday post this week due to the holiday. Happy Easter to those who celebrate it!