So last weekend I was going through all the YA and MG debut novels that are going to be released in 2011 adding them to my Goodreads for the challenge and I decided to take notes on things that I observed. However, I am not qualified to study trends or predict them.
Genres and Subjects:
- Fantasy appeared to still be very big
- A few paranormal romances, but not as many as I expected.
- Quite a few dystopian and apocalyptic novels
- A few mermaid novels
- A few faerie novels
- Tale retellings -- particularly the lesser known tales
- I was surprised to see how many books there were about girls that want to be popular and then discover the pitfalls of becoming so
- Still a few books featuring female characters that discover they have special abilities and are sent to schools for people with those abilities that end up falling in love with a guy that has a "dark secret"
- Did not see a lot of vampires, though there were a couple of funnier takes on vampires
- Didn't see a lot of werewolves
- Less of a focus on creatures and more of a focus on ghosts and psychic abilities
- Mysterious, sexy, and dark male love interests are still prevalent.
- Dark secret that threatens to destroy him/the girl/life as the know it may or may not be included.
- Mysterious love interest may also be "beautiful" or "brooding".
- In novels with something threatening to destroy everything the girl loves, it's usually hinted that the dark, mysterious, sexy, beautiful, brooding love interest is involved.