I just realizes something: even though my target audience is Young Adult, and my protagonists in them are in their early/mid/late-teens...is any of that believable? Especially in my YA mysteries where I'm basically asking the readers to buy into the fact that, yes, a kid who is 14-years-old can solve crimes and stop the bad guys. Absolutely they could. The bad guys are going to have a very difficult time trying to kill someone half their size and not as strong as they are. The worst offender is my historical mystery, my Colonial mystery with Amos: The kid's blind, yet none of the bad guys ever seem to think, “Hey, why don't I just shoot/stab him? Not like he can fight back.” No, instead they just...inconvenience him in a lot of ways. I'm sitting here thinking, “Christ, you're the villain! Why are you exercising restraint against Amos, especially when he's clearly trying to stop you? Just shoot him!” This same issue is found with the rest of the characters. They all seem to be ok with this. The idea that a teen kid (much less a blind one in the Colonial mystery one) is running around town doing the job that fully-grown detectives ought to do, putting himself in immense danger in the process. This could just be another case of me overthinking this way too much, but I'm just curious: when you pick up a YA novel with a teen protagonist, what are the things you can put aside as sheer fiction versus the things you know absolutely doesn't make sense at all? My problem with YA stories are two-fold: • The villain seems weak. For some reason, plot or otherwise, they are unable to just strangle the teenaged mutt of a kid trying to stop them. Even if a villain has a strict moral code, a line if you will, that they won't cross and hurting children is one of them; it'd be flat out silly if a villain who has no qualms about hurting the weak can't just seem to kill teen protagonist. (I'm looking at you, Lord Voldemort.) • Everyone else seems to be OK with this. Granted there are those who try to stop the protagonist for their own safety, but everyone else including other adults seem to have no problem with the fact that there's a kid putting him/herself in immense, mortal danger. What do you think? Am I just overthinking this? Is there a way to make YA novels believable without making the villain(s) look weak, or the other characters clueless/careless that a teen is doing something that might result in his/her death?