Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. This week we’re talking about trends! This is a topic I suggested and now I have to come up with something to say about it I’ve realised it’s quite a hard topic! Though I do find looking at trends quite interesting. I’ll mostly be talking about YA since that’s what I have most knowledge about.
There are some genres that always seem to be popular, like fantasy and retellings, but there can be trends within them. Some genres are really popular for a time, and then fade away as the market becomes oversaturated and readers’ attention move on to something else.
Over the past years, I can think of two particularly big trends. After Twilight came out, there were so many vampire and werewolf books in the YA section. Everywhere you looked, there was paranormal romance. I read a lot of these books because they dominated the shelves when I was growing up, but I wasn’t a fan of a lot of them. Then there was the dystopia faze, with books like The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner, Delirium and many, many more. This was more my thing as I love science fiction. But I found a lot of the books in the paranormal romance and dystopia fazes were dominated by the same kinds of tropes and got quite repetitive.
With both of those trends, I think the issue was that a lot of those books were just a bit too similar. And because there were so many of them, eventually people moved on to something else and those genres kind of fizzled out. Dystopian books just don’t seem to get published as much in YA these days, which is a shame because I think it’s a really interesting genre. YA books have changed a lot since the dystopia boom, and I’d love to see what new and diverse authors might do with the genre.
As for future trends, dark academia seems to be coming up big. It’s not a genre I really read, but I keep seeing it popping up on Twitter, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a lot of these. Also, with The Great Gatsby coming out of copyright this year, I expect there’ll be an influx of retellings.
I’d love to see a boom in YA science fiction. Not dystopia, but space operas and other subgenres of science fiction. At the moment, there aren’t loads of YA sci-fi books out there, and it’s hard to get YA sci-fi published. I’ve loved the YA sci-fi I’ve read, like Illuminae, Aurora Rising and Defy the Stars, and would love to see more of it out there.
With the pandemic putting a bit of a spanner in the works for the entire world, it will also be interesting to see how that effects trends. Will we see an influx of pandemic/zombie/apocalypse books? Or do we want escapism? Do we want something fun like rom coms?
Trends can be a great thing, as they can really uplift certain books and put them in the spotlight, but that also means that other books don’t get as much attention. And it can be tempting to read whatever is trending, but I think it’s important we read what we enjoy, not just what’s popular! But if what you love is popular, then I guess it means you have a lot of books to choose from…
What trends have you noticed? Do you think trends are a good thing or a bad thing or neither? Chat with me in the comments!
9 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Predicting Trends”
I’ve noticed a lot of morally gray characters which I’m not mad about! I think it makes them more relatable which I’m super excited for! Also a move back to people on covers but digitized instead of real ones! Which i could honestly do without lol i don’t really like people no matter what
Oh I do like morally gray characters as they can have really interesting stories and more inner conflict as well. I like reading a variety, not just characters who are always good! I really didn’t like it when they always used to use photos of people on covers! I much prefer the illustrated covers that are coming out now, but I like some better than others.
I definitely agree! As for characters I think with the surge of users using Procreate that’s kind of where we got now so I’m interested to see how long that trend will last!
Oh interesting, I’ve not heard of Procreate.
I hadn’t heard of it until this summer and everyone started doing outlines of people with no details
I would love ot see more YA sci-fi as well! I love sci-fi, but some adult one kinda go over my head haha!
I haven’t really delved into much adult sci-fi before, except classics! It would be great to see more in YA.
I wish trends in publication and “what people want” weren’t always the only things that get chosen to be published! But at least trends do come and go, so it’s not like we’ll be stuck only reading Hunger Games-esque novels forever. I totally agree with the pandemic-related trend coming up, I think this is just inevitable (I’ve read some already, in fact). Great post, and thanks for the topic suggestion!
Feel free to check out my comments on trends in mysteries and thrillers here:
Yes trending things do tend to dominate the market and leave not much room for other things! Thanks, glad you enjoyed the topic!