YA Trends: The ins and outs of the bookish world. We go through cycles of what books are popular, what books authors are rapidly producing, and what books we're excited to read.
So what's the trend now?
Here's what Story Love (our wonderful commenter) has to say:
"No longer are we plagued with the same predictable and worn-out stories about the supernatural. Instead, we are faced with a new generation of emotional tales that offer meaningful and valuable insight to the biggest hardships we face in life.
Death is the new trend. I'm both frightened and fascinated by the concept. What startles me more is how much I've embraced the subject and how eager I am to let myself sink into it. I think this sudden shift is something that many YA readers have been waiting for. I can only hope that us "young adults" will recognize its importance."
Death and grief are hard subjects to write about, and to read about. The authors that successfully pull it off and weave a beautiful story are artists indeed. Reading these heart-felt stories will send readers on an emotional ride. This ride is one I think many readers are willing, even excited, to take.
However, here's what I'm afraid of: if death is the new trend, it can be overplayed just as much as the paranormals have. And if this happens, these touching stories will start to lose their impact. They will become 'just another story about death'.