Hello Book Ravens!
I’ve been meaning to talk about tropes more, as it’s one of the topics I get most
annoyed passionate about.
Why is today the day to start? Well, I’m in a particularly salty mood and I have no idea why. So why not go on a bit of a rant?
I am a homeschooler, and the homeschoolers in YA… are not great. It’s one of my most hated tropes right now,
So let me explain why – and I’ll even give you some tips for writing homeschooled characters!
Disclaimer: “Tackling Tropes” was a term originally coined by Hannah @ A Clockwork Reader, but she hasn’t made one in a while and I missed those videos, which is why I’m doing that now.
1 – What’s…”internet”?
According to all YA homeschoolers, I know nothing about how the internet works. I don’t know what apps are and I couldn’t Google something to save my life.
…Seriously? Homeschool or not, I have internet access. It’s not specific to public schoolers.
Besides that, I know of no homeschool kids who don’t use the internet – I know people who don’t use it often, or who don’t know what memes are or whatever… but we’re not ignorant.
2 – I’m Not Repunzel
Just because I’m homeschooled doesn’t mean my parents are over-protective. My mom is not Mother Gothel and I am not Repunzel.
They’re really cool and casual – honestly like most of the parents in YA. They just don’t agree with the school system!
Are there some over-protective homeschooling parents out there? Sure. But I have yet to find them, and I think that’s true for most people.
3 – Remote Houses
Most YA homeschoolers live in country houses? In the middle of nowhere?
And going back to the points above, homeschoolers are not locked away and ignorant of the world.
I live in a city, and I haven’t lived in a country house since I was, like, seven. Don’t be afraid to put an unpopular way of schooling in the middle of a public school place.
Some tips for writing homeschooled characters:
Weird things excite us – literally. Escalators and elevators are particularly cool. And the mall! I might just be excited because that’s where the bookstore is, but it’s still cool. And the first time I rode on a bus I was so excited!
Homeschool Groups – Not all homeschoolers do this, but I’ve been in a few homeschool groups in my life. What we do is a bunch of classes, for different age groups:
8-11 (or sometimes 8-12)
12+ (or +12-13)
And that’s how the classes would go. And these weren’t normal classes – we had reading groups, studying lyrics, science experiments, acting, self-defense, art, comic books and I even taught a few mythology classes. That’s right – I, from 12-15, taught classes. That’s what’s cool about it; I could learn how to teach my own class!
We Often Read – Almost all homeschoolers I’ve met read a lot. Boys, girls, younger, older – maybe because we have extra time? But it’s a good thing to note.
We Have Time – We’re free most of the day! So we can volunteer, get jobs, surf the web (is that still a saying?) and do stuff like that. So don’t limit your characters to the normal homework + eight hours of school.
So this was a bit of a rant, but I hoped it was somewhat informative!
I’m hoping to talk about more tropes in the future, but they might not all have this format.
If you’re a homeschooler, I want to hear your thoughts on the homeschool tropes in YA! And if you aren’t, do you come across homeschoolers in YA often?