Jul 2, 2015

Are book trends just phases?

As an avid reader, and especially as a blogger, it's hard not to be aware of the current trends in concepts, tropes and genres of the bookish community. 
They are everywhere. You can notice that through recent releases and reviews around the blogosphere. If a trope or genre is a current trend, chances are that you will be repeatedly seeing references of it in blogs, book stores and Goodreads.

Now for example, 2015's most prominent trend is retellings - both fairytales and classic old fables. From the much awaited release of Winter, the hyped up A Court of Thorns and Roses, the unique take on Arabian Nights - Wrath and the Dawn, retellings are "the trope" of the year. Whether it's a debut or the creation of a well known and loved author, it's right to say that fairytale retellings are coming up from all corners of the bookish community.

While I have no complaint about this, as I do love myself some unique and rich retellings, I can't help but often wonder about something.

How long will this last?

For how long would we be still excited for books from this genre? For how long will every single batch of new releases contain at least one retelling?

Until we get tired of it, that is.

Now don't get me wrong, I am not just talking about fairytale retellings here. I am just taking it as an example for a current trend. And no matter how much we love the genre, it's inevitable that there would come a time when we get tired of the trend.

Because it happens with all book trends.

Think back a little. All those hyped up book trends in the past that we've read and then got tired of. We all loved those trends when they were still there. But then, what happened?

This brings me back to the topic.

Are book trends just phases?

To highlight this further, I decided to make a list of trends that are now just past phases we're tired of.

1. Vampires

Come on, admit it, we've all gone through that "vampires obsession phase", At a time, these creatures were the most popular paranormal concept in YA. Starting from the pale ones in Twilight, to the kickass ones in Vampire Academy, from the pretty underrated Drake Chronicles to the overrated House of Night and True Blood, they were the " series of the time" 

But it didn't take us long to get tired of them, right? I think it's been ages since I read a vampire book or heard of the release of one.

2. Dystopia

Well, I've got to admit that sci fi and dystopia books are still popular, but remember that time, it was the only genre which all people talked about? I firmly remember that time, as I just joined GR then, and was fascinated with the genre. Everyone's GR profile had "dystopia" as their favourite genre, and Divergent, Under the Never Sky, Shatter Me, Delirium, Matched , Uglies, and the Selection were the books that were constantly seen in people's "currently reading" shelf.

The genre is still living, thanks to Marissa Meyer's unique Lunar Chronicles and Kiera Cass' decision to write a spin off , but still, it's lost that spark that made the genre the trend of the years between 2009 and 2012.

3. Fallen Angels

Just like vampires, these paranormal creatures were "the" concept in a particular time period. At that time, it was pretty unique, with their rich mythical background and bad boy heroes. But after tons of books written about them - Fallen, Hush Hush, Sweet Evil, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, The Mortal Instruments, Unearthly and Angelfall, now no one writes about them, do they?

4. New Adult

New Adult became famous in 2012, I guess. And suddenly there were quite a lot of books that came out in that genre. With hot bad boys and heroines with a traumatic past as the key feature, they started to dominate Goodreads. From tearjerkers such as Easy, The Edge of Never, Slammed, Hopeless and Ten Tiny Breaths, to steamy books with asshole heroes such as Beautiful Disaster, Fallen Too Far, Real and Frigid, the genre quickly became popular, and Abbi Glines, Jessica Sorenson, Colleen Hoover and Cora Cormack started to rise as the most sought out authors.

Now, they do write NA, and it's still a fairly popular genre, but does it hold the same popularity it did some time back? No, they've lost the status as the most buzzed about genre of Goodreads, and have now slowly become predictable and guilty pleasure reads.

Having said all of that, now let me ask you.

Do you agree with me, when I say that book trends are just phases, which we'll most probably get tired of by a few months or years?

What do you say? Do you agree? Disagree?
What book trend were you a huge fan of and then got tired of?
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