Friday, October 23, 2009

Turn your attention to the sidebar...

Or just go to this link: Agent Savant, Post Apocalyptic fiction the new trend in YA, bye bye vamps...

What do you think?

The main theme of this new breed of YA books (and Laurie gives examples in her post) is the bleak future when civilization breaks down. And about here I should note that I know various people who currently are writing dystopian novels. If they get done soon enough with the editing and revisions, they should be able to cash in on the new rush.

Personally speaking though, I can't say I'm ultimately thrilled. I don't like darkness and chaos. The other thing that worries me a little - the 2000's were ideal for fantasy and paranormal writers. It was our heyday with the Harry Potter and then Twilight series.

A dystopian novel on the other hand sounds more like scifi instead of fantasy. Makes me wonder if we are on the verge of scifi taking over the toadstool while fantasy slides sadly off the chart.

I'm not sure if readers of Twilight would switch over that quickly. I really can't see that. But who knows what the future will hold. Suppose a dystopian novel comes along that has the necessary romantic and supernatural elements to wood readers over... that would work, I suppoose. Does anyone remember the series Dark Angel? I LOVED that. I'd read something like that. :)

2 comments:

  1. I'm not a fan of dystopian fiction myself, but I've noticed that a lot of people who enjoy it also enjoy fantasy and paranormal novels too. I hope, anyway! Because it's fantasy all the way for me, with the occasional splash of mystery!

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  2. I'm not a huge fan of dystopian novels, but I did read Scot Westerfield's Uglies series and enjoyed it. There was romance in it and teen angst along with the sci-fi/dystopian stuff. So I think when done the right way, it can win over a lot of readers who otherwise wouldn't seek out that type of book.

    As much as I love the paranormal and urban fantasy books (my YA is paranormal), I do fear that there is going to be burn out soon. I've hit a point where except for the rare exception, I'm wanting something different than vampires/faeries/wolves too. I think every trend ebbs and flows. However, I think if you write a spectacular book it can overcome some of the trend restrictions.

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