I decided today that I can’t do angels anymore. I’m so over it. There are too many angel themed books coming out in the next year and I cannot do all of them. I’m finishing up the few series that I love that still have the theme going.. but that’s it… no new Angel themed books. A friend of mine said he feels the same way about Dystopian books. The glut of these genres has clearly reached their height.So, why so many? Why right now? Well, the success of The Hunger Games has something to do with that. This paved the way for more books of this ilk. But, as usual I have a theory.
The Mayan calendar year “supposedly” ends 2012. So, we are expecting it to be the end of the world, at least, some of us more paranoid folks are. Me, I chalk it up to every fake rapture, Y2K, disaster-phobe preaching that I have already lived through. Oh, and that’s the other thing – the rapture – which people think is going to align with the 2012 end of the world mumbo-jumbo.
So, publishers have gotten smart. They can sell Rapture/Angel fan-fic to the more Godly/believer readers and they can sell Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic to the rest of us non-believers. Shiny. What does that mean for 2012/2013 and beyond? What’s the next trend? Well, if the upcoming releases have anything to say about it. I would think it is going to be Mermaids and Selkies and Sirens (oh my).
Add these titles to the existing mermaid series that are going…yeah…it seems like we have a new phenom, especially if Stephenie Meyer ever gets around to penning that Mermaid series she talked about wanting to do a few years back.
Thoughts? What do you think will be the new Young Adult trend?
Also – this means I can officially remove my self-imposed Werewolf moratorium from a year ago. Hooray!!!
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