Tuesday, March 23, 2010

YA Trends

A comment we received has sparked my interest, and I've decided to share.

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."

Stepping away from paranormal romance is definitely a breath of fresh air for me. I've grown tired of the same old supernatural love stories that follow very similar plot lines and are easily predictable. I'm ready for something new.
Is death the new trend?

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'.

So what are your thoughts? What do you think the trend currently is? Is it what you want it to be?


  1. I guess I haven't read any newer YA books in a while, because I haven't caught on to the "Death Trend".
    If that's the case then I hope, like you said, it doesn't get overplayed.

  2. Wonderful and thought provoking post. I have to say that I do enjoy the recent novels that have been released but I find myself wanting something that can capture the deeper emotions without pulling you down. Hopefully that is what the book I have written will do when it is published, be able to accomplish deep emotions with a positive effect and overall realistic views that still capture the essence of fantasy that sweeps you off your feet. I have found myself browsing the shelves at the library lately and trying to find something light hearted, though. I agree with you that if so many of these novels continue to be release, it will end up making the premise so much less attractive. Especially since so many of the novels may or may not hit home, some of them just fade out because it is a story you feel you have read before, even if it is completely unique and new. Well, rant done. lol. Great post!!!!! Loved it!!!!

    Emma Michaels

  3. I am soooo all over the board with my reading that I honestly don't know.

    Death, huh?
    Fascinating. I must contemplate this one.


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