To be the “Chosen One” in a YA book, you must be a) an orphan, b) completely unaware of your special gift, and c) courageous (but only when the plot requires it). That’s why the following five types of YA characters have yet to star in a massive YA franchise:
Cons: Hangs out only in small groups, resulting in epic battle sequences of just three people, with constant “me” time in the bathroom. Has few adventures that don’t include staying indoors, alone and happy not to have to wear pants. When adventure does call, she will not respond to its text.
Pro: Far easier to keep track of a single character (and probably their cat).
Cons: Most of character’s dialogue is mumbled sarcastically. Blames their friends for the predicament they’re in. Subconsciously tries to incite anger and disappointment by purposely failing at his or her assigned task. Smiles only when they can say, “I told you this wouldn’t work.”
Pro: Because sometimes it’s fun to root for the villain to soundly defeat/pummel/bury the hero.
Cons: Having a character constantly say, “Don’t worry! Everything’s going to be all right!” takes some of the suspense out of the story. By the tenth time they exclaim, “Gee guys, you’re the best friends ever!” you’ll vomit.
Pro: It will be interesting to hear the main character put a positive spin on his friends turning on them.
Cons: Unable to make up his or her mind, this character never leaves the school grounds. In an action-packed moment, they’ll utter their famous battle cry, “Will you just give me a moment, okay?! And seriously, what would you do if you were me?”
Pro: You can create a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book by closing this one and writing all the possible ways the main character can die.
Cons: When your main character is a ghost there’s not much they can do besides get trapped in a containment unit. When your main character is a corpse there’s not much they can do besides fart and grow their nails. When your main character is cremated there’s not much narrative tension besides waiting to see when the cat knocks over their urn.
Pro: Already knowing the main character’s ultimate fate means you can dip in and out of the book series whenever you want.