TGIF #6 – Bookish Trends

Bookish Trends: What are some bookish trends you are noticing in the literature world today? Is there a particular trend you’d like to see more of?
Im talking mostly about YA books here, because that’s where most trends seem to focus on. I do read more adult books than YA, but trends just don’t seem to be as prevalent.
Trends I love
Dystopians. I have no idea what prompted the surge in altered societal novels, but it’s wonderful. If a book can develop an entire new world and adequeately explain why it’s turned out that way, I love it. The best examples I can think of, incredibly obviously, are The Hunger Games and Divergent.
Sciencey, intelligent plots. Kind of similar to the above, with with an extra element of realism tucked it. I read The Killables recently and loved the psuedo-scientific explanations for their world.
Zombies. I have no idea why I like zombies so much, because usually they’re one of the worst offenders for the first point below. That said, I really do love a well-written zombie story. The Forest of Hands and Teeth is a brilliant place to start.    
Trends I’m sick of
Awful, awful writing. Yes, I am going to count this a trend because it’s incredibly prevalent and it has to stop. I never used to pick up books with such ‘clunky’ writing – it’s like publishers have suddenly decided that YA novels don’t actually need to be written well to sell. I’ve ranted about this before here and I’m sure I’ll do so again. I considered not naming names, but… *cough* Forbidden and Red Riding Hood.
Vampires. Except not just vampires. I’m talking about sneaky vampires. You know, where you pick up a book fully expecting a unique tale of mystery, magic and non-overdone plotlines. But oh look, THERE’S A VAMPIRE. I’m looking at you, Black Swan Rising. If you must shove vampires into your book, at least warn me on the blurb.
Fairies. I can’t really blame anybody for this one but myself, because I understand why fairies are so popular. They’re a mythological creature with so many variations it’s easy to create your own ideas.
But hey, I grew up in Cottingley. Ever heard of the Cottingley Fairies?  Where those two girls convinced the world and many top scientists that fairies were real? Well, I have. A lot. I challenge anybody to grow up in Fairy Tourist Ville and not loathe the very concept.


  1. Ellie Warren says:

    Here here to awful writing! I haven't noticed a big fairy trend to be honest and I think I'd love to read more books about mythology of the fey…the really evil ones that stole children and caused havoc.

    I am still in my little minority about Divergent…poor thought out dystopian worlds just because it's trendy gets on my nerves 😉

  2. Hannah says:

    Oh god I CAN imagine that being annoying.. a lot of people still believe the fairies WERE real!! >.<

  3. Jess says:

    When I was younger I thought those Fairy photographs were real, now that I look at them again. . . not so much. I also like Dystopians they appeal to me more than Paranormal Romance

    1. Hanna says:

      I know, I just don't understand how they fooled the top scientists of the day! It makes no sense when they're OBVIOUSLY not real…

  4. I'm loving the Dystopian trend. There's been some bad ones but also some really fantastic ones!

  5. I can't believe I never realised the Cottingley Fairies were from, well, Bradford Cottingley… Oops.

    1. Hanna says:

      You…I… What!?

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