We Ask a Book Blogger…
Welcome to our new monthly series! Each month, we’ll present a panel of book bloggers with a question relating to children’s books and we’ll share their views here on the blog.
Today’s question: From paranormal to dystopian…. what do think the new trend in teen fiction will be?
I think we’ll continue to see paranormal and dystopia in teen fiction with an emphasis on post-apocalyptic dystopia – these sub-genres are the fantasy of today’s generation. I also think there will be an upswing in books based on mythology and fairy tales, like GIL MARSH by A. C. E. Bauer and CINDER by Marissa Meyer. Teens love ancient stories with a modern twist.
Kathy, Bermudaonion’s Weblog @bermudaonion
I tend to think that paranormal and dystopian aren’t going anywhere for a few more years; and I am willing to predict that we will continue to see all things “3″ — i.e. trilogies. One trend that I would love to see in YA is more books written in free verse. I recently read two excellent novels which were written entirely in free verse — Ellen Hopkins’ PERFECT and a Middle Grade novel by Caroline Starr Rose called MAY B. These books were extremely different in scope, but I appreciated how creative both authors were in telling their stories.
Julie, Booking Mama @bookingmama
I don’t know that this is so much a prediction as it is my hope but I would love to see more books set in an alternate history or current day based on an alternate history. We see this in fabulous steampunk books like Scott Westerfeld’s LEVIATHAN, Cassandra Clare’s INFERNAL DEVICES series and Kady Cross’ THE GIRL IN THE STEEL CORSET. As much as I love steampunk, I would love to see more books like BORN WICKED by Jessica Spotswood, EVERY OTHER DAY by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, and THE CURSE WORKERS series by Holly Black. Each of these books is set in a slightly different version of our world. I cannot get enough!
Heidi, YA Bibliophile @hmz1505
For me, hot teen reads have to have one of two things (and preferably both): Impossible Love and Sticking It to the Man. From Shakespeare to Stephenie Meyer, the big hits about teens have these themes. Where will they play out next? I’m hoping for Medieval. Peasant/royalty relationships offer opportunities for impossible love AND authority defiance, plus awesome action scenes like jousting. I’m thinking of books along the lines of GRACELING and MISTWOOD, but more realistic– King Arthur legend, Middle Ages class warfare, and richly imagined historically-inspired worlds, maybe with some magic thrown in if it’s done right. This is the generation that grew up with the Magic Treehouse series; Merlin and Morgan le Fey are already a familiar part of their literary landscape. They also might have gotten hooked on the HBO “Game of Thrones.” If I’m lucky, some kick-ass medieval adventures with just the right hint of courtly romance might be the next trend.
One of the trends I’ve noticed recently has been books about souls: reincarnation, recognizing someone across space and time, body or no body.
INCARNATE, by Jodi Meadows, takes place in a world with only a million people and a million souls. When a body dies, that soul is reincarnated into a new body, every memory intact. Except for Ana. After thousands of years, when Ana was born, one of the other souls disappeared. She is a new soul, the first ever, no previous memories or skills, and people are afraid of her, except for Sam. But can he care for her if she only lives a single lifetime?
Another book about souls is AURACLE, by Gina Rosati. A little astral projection can be a good thing when things get dull, but witnessing an accident that leaves a classmate dead and then finding that classmate’s soul in your body, that can get someone riled up. Now a spirit without a body, Anna and her best friend since babyhood, Rei, have to get her body back and keep Taylor/Anna from framing their friend Seth for her murder. As Rei and Anna try to find a way to eject Taylor’s soul and send it where it belongs, they begin to realize that their feelings for each other are changing from simple friendship to something much stronger.
Both INCARNATE and AURACLE are romantic mysteries for young adults, thought-provoking with good dashes of humor.
Rene Kirkpatrick, Notes From the Bedside Table
We’d love to hear from all of you: what do you think the next hot teen genre will be? Or what do you think it should be?
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