The people have spoken! Here are the results of the question "What is the next big trend in YA?" that I asked during the Dystopian ARC Giveaway. The answers in the biggest font were given the most times. Mythology (with specific references to Greek, Italian, Egyptian, Norse, Aztec, and Mayan mythology) was the winner, with angels coming in second. Sci-fi was next, and fairytale retellings after that.
Some really interesting answers rounded out the bottom. I've heard authors say that YA is returning to its realistic fiction roots, and of course, there's the continuing saga of a certain dastardly scribe (cough--James Frey) banking on aliens being the next big thing.
I think I'm pulling for something with a historical edge--either historical fiction, or historical fantasy (e.g. Chime), or realistic fiction with historical elements (e.g. Revolution). I think YA has been a little thin on historically-grounded stories, and I'd like to see a return there.
As far as I can tell, it only takes one book to change the tides in YA, and that one book has to be different from what came before it. In really broad language, we can pretty safely say that Twilight sparked the paranormal romance trend, and The Hunger Games sparked the dystopian trend. Tomorrow, I'll take a look at some future releases that are doing something we haven't seen before.
In the mean time, check out some of the great reader answers in response to our question about trends:
"I predict it will finally be the time for zombies to hit it big! Because they are AWESOME and you can't get rid of them. Even if you kill them, they always come back!"
"Paranormal will keep rising. Everyone wants magic/the supernatural in their lives."
"Fairytale retellings are popping up everywhere. Fairytales are intruiging because they have a classical element, but being retold gives them any sort of twist. You can make fairytales sinister, mysterious, and if it was loosely-based, the plot could have twists and turns anywhere! With a fairytale, you're expounding your imagination to create a world stunning to the reader's imagination, that makes the reader think."
"I think Greek myths are going to be popular in a big way. I think that because dystopia focuses so much on the future, that people are going back to the past to develop new stories or retell old stories in a very original way. As much as I love dystopia they can be depressing, and Greek myths allow a sense of magic into our modern world.