Jasper Fforde. Most famously did the Thursday Next series, which is pretty good (books have their own universe, crazy conspiracies happen), also started the Nursery Crimes series and the one-off Fifty Shades of Grey (no relation) which is awesome.
Terry Pratchett's Discworld series is a great Fantasy series, with an emphasis on humor and poking at fantasy cliches. It currently has four different... storylines (not sure if that's the word I'd use), but each book is stand alone.
They say a good one-of book in the series that's a good introduction to Discworld as a whole is Small Gods.
Personally, my favorite Discworld series is the City Watch. Start with "Guards! Guards!" The lead character hates the type of hero with the perfect golden armor and with a smile that goes "Ting!"
mangagirl1603Featured By OwnerJan 12, 2013Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed. I'm very fond of the books too, although my favourite series is the 'Death' series. Hogfather's my favourite.
To the person who made the thread, he also writes rather loose parodies of famous books and plays and turns them into Discworld books. Some examples:
Maskerade- Phantom of the Opera parody Wyrd Sisters- MacBeth parody Lords and Ladies- Midsummer Night's Dream parody Night Watch- Supposedly a Les Miserables parody but I couldn't tell you that cause I haven't read Les Mis.
Not at all cliche and not exactly YA (it can be for any age range, though adult is probably strongly preferred due to some of the themes). I highly, highly recommend it. It's not a very well known book, but I guarantee that once you start reading, you won't be able to put it down!