I have a confession to make: I love stereotypes in fiction. Not the poorly written kinds, but the grotesque kinds. The kinds that make stereotypes (meant) caricatures. I can't help it, that's my kind of humor I guess.
Humor, yes. I once heard someone say that books did not have the ability to be funny. Or they shoudn't be I don't remember exactly. I don't agree with both of these claims. It is so good to be able lay in a chair and giggle like crazy.
Ideal series for this is The Calpyso Chronicles written by Tyne O'Connell. The series of four books (starting with Stealing Princes are about Calypso Kelly, an American teenager who has to survive at St. Augustine, boardingsschool for girls in England, inhabited by the children of aristocrats, rockstars and tycoons.Calypso is not such a child. Her parents are hippy-like Hollywood writers. The first years at St. Augstine are not very kind to Calypso. Her only friend is Star, daughter of a permanentlty stoned rockstar and owner of the cuddly snake Brian and brilliant rat Hilda. Their motto: wear your pain like lipgloss. (They use a lot.) Things start to change for Calypso when prince Freddy starts to flirt with her.
De wereld die O'Connell schept zit vol met heerlijke stereotypen, onverwachte momenten, overdreven tienerdrama's, ontluikende verliefdheid en hilarische blunders. Voor als je eens zin hebt in iets anders, dus.
The world O'Connell creates is full of lovely stereotypes, unexplected moments, extravergant teenage drama, new love and hilarious missteps. For when you're into something different for once.