Monday, May 23, 2011

Book Trends

Trends. We see them in everything from fashion to home design and yes, even books have them. I always go back to the beginning, before I started blogging and I had no idea books came out regularly and my usual M.O. would be to just walk down the aisles of books and pick a cute cover and then read the back and if it still held my interest I would read a few pages. I sort of miss that. Now it's all about discovering the next big hit before everyone else does.

With that said many of us fell into YA with Twilight and devoured anything paranormal. I found great books by Kimberly Derting, Melissa Marr, Rachel Caine, Maggie Stiefvater, Melissa de la Cruz and on and on. Only at the end of 2010 some of our favorite series came to an end and the one that seem to make the most impact was the Hunger Games Trilogy.


With 2011 came a huge flood of dystopian novels from both established YA authors and debut authors. They have made us feel what it would be like to find love or fight for freedom in a different world. I will admit I was a bit hesitant to follow this genre because it's usually sad but novels like The Hunger Games, Divergent, Wither, and Delirium make you love this genre.


Even though 2012 is half a year away I have noticed a lot of books that will debut next year will be historical. I have a hard time with historical novels just because I find it hard to relate to the language and that way of life. So just as I was skeptical about the dystopian genre I'm unsure about how I feel concerning these new crop of books soon to be released. I will say I look for one of them to change my mind and make me fall in love with the Historical YA genre.

What are your thoughts? Do you follow the trends? Are you excited about historical novels? Is there a genre you want to see more of? Do you miss paranormal novels? Do you love Dystopian worlds?

17 comments:

  1. I was actually just thinking today how I think the market is kind of getting saturated with certain trends. I love Hunger Games, but now it seems like every other novel is dystopian, just like after Twilight when everyone was putting out a vampire novel.

    There are some great dystopians and vampire novels out there, but I think I'm starting to become more interested with the story than the trend. I.E. I picked up Personal Demons after reading a random blog interview and not because it followed any trends, but devoured the entire book in a flight to Las Vegas.

    Great post :)

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  2. I am semi excited about historical. I am not a huge fan by any means, but I generally do enjoy them. I really like the dystopian trend. It is probably my favorite thus far. I really liked paranormal, but I love imagining the world being completely different then what it currently is. I am currently reading Divergent and I am super in love with it! I try and read a good mix of everything though because I don't want too much overkill on one genre!

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  3. I'm with you on trends. Sometimes I dig'em. Sometimes I don't. I'm on the fence about the historical trend. I do love the angel trend which I believe is slowing down.

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  4. I love historicals and am excited to see them making a comeback. I think contemporary YA is something that's always been there, but with a few new contemporary authors that have come out over the past few years, it's getting a little more of the limelight. (Which makes this writer of contemporary YA very happy.)

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  5. I have noticed the trends too. I am all for a good read...rather it be Paranormal or Dystopian. I have read one or two historical books and it can be hard to follow and hard to keep my interest. I love books on fearies. I would love to read more on them. And Angels too!

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  6. If you're looking for a good YA historical to get you going, check out REVOLUTION by Jennifer Donnely. Not a big fan of the genre but I loved it! It was thrilling, entertaining, and I came away knowing more about the French Revolution :) The only trend I'm interesting in is the one for good writing!

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  7. Megan: I haven't picked up Personal Deomons but plan on it since the author will be in Houston soon. Without reading it I am guessing it falls into the paranormal genre?

    Two Readers Review: I loved Divergent more than words can explain!

    Stephanie: This is the perfect time to pitch that novel :)

    Twimom: Angels for me are hit or miss. I think you should check out A Need So Beautiful and Angel Burn coming out this summer. Also Faeries are some of my favorites also.

    Sheila: I have read Revolution and I loved it I think it's the first book that has made love both historical and audio books. I believe it goes without saying that we are all looking for good writing and good stories. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  8. I don't really follow the trends, I just sometimes get on the mood to read a certain type of book and that's what I read like lately it's been nothing but contemporary but I have been missing paranormal too. I loved Dystopian since The Hunger Games but it seems like every other coming out it's a dystopian and some of them just sounds the same and has become a little bit boring lately, I'm kind of trying to take a break from those right now. I do like some historicals when they're mixed with paranormal they seemed to be easier for me to read. =)

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  9. Yeah, I agree with Cynthia. I'm not really a trend follower myself, though I do notice them from time to time. The vampire fad was one that just really got on my nerves, mostly because I abhorred Twilight, but the dytopian one I didn't really take note of.

    As for historical books, I think they're alright. I haven't really found one that I adore, but I do read them occasionally. If you have any suggestions, I'd appreciate it! Thanks! And great post, by the way. Thought-provoking.

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  10. I think it's exciting. I am researching events during the Victorian ages for a book I am attempting to finish... haha by the time I am done the whole historical novel genre will probably be over and done with (: but I am excited to read more historical novels .

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  11. I think I'm weird. If something is trendy I tend to let it sit and not jump on the bandwagon. I finally just read the first Twilight last year and I never read the Hunger Games or any Harry Potter. Weird, right? LOL

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  12. I am excited. Before I became a YA junkie, all I read was historical fiction. If it's good it's good. Follet's Pillars of the Earth & Pearl's Dante Club good places to start. Can't wait to read Revolution.

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  13. I am loving the dystopian trend! I have been a little dystopian-obsessed for the last year. For the adults out there I would recommend The Handmaid's Tale. For the YA crowd Matched and the Uglies series are great ones(besides the ones already mentioned). Thanks for the great reviews. I am looking into Wither right now!

    -Staci

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  14. I'm not sure how I feel. On one hand, trends sometimes uncover awesome books, but on the other hand, I get tired of reading the same plot/romance/characters over and over again.

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  15. Historicals are usually the last genre I'll pick up, unfortunately. I'm not opposed to them - if the plot is intriguing and I can connect with the characters, then genre usually doesn't matter to me. Contemps will always be my favs though - however this year's dystopians are a close second!

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  16. I still do what you used to do - go to a bookshop, glance through a book and buy it if I like it. I also look for reviews from trusted reviewers.
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  17. Oh my goodness I can't believe you haven't read the Harry Potter books yet! But I'll get back into that in a second. I too miss wandering through a bookstore and just snatching up whatever interests me. I have found some of the best books that way (including Hunger Games before I knew what it was.) I've promised myself that I will still do it once in awhile though. I love the fantasy genre, I'm certainly on the dystopian bandwagon, I love post-apocalyptic. There's so many books out there I haven't read I couldn't request something more. So back to the Harry Potter thing. I'm hosting a Harry Potter reading challenge on my blog right now, so you should come read the Harry Potter books with us! I promise to make it worth your while and you can read Harry Potter finally!

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