Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Trends I'd Like To See More/Less Of

Top Ten Tuesday was created and is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish. This week's topic is trends I'd like to see more/less of - things in the book related world that I'd like to see become the next big thing or just go away completely.

Trends that need to go away:

1. The ditzy/perky best friend. Puh-lease. I understand that most of the time they're the comic relief to the story, but it's just getting out of hand. Let's try to have some smart, sophisticated best friends, shall we?

2. Vampires. I love the Twilight series. I love a bunch of other YA novels that have vampires in them. But their fifteen minutes of fame is up. There's only so much you can do with these guys before they become tiring to read about. Next creature, please!

3. Putting pretty adults on YA book covers and calling them teens. This will acccidentally get your book - written for teens - placed in the erotic romance section of Walmart.

4. Instalove. This. THIS. I can't even form the appropriate words to describe how much THIS needs to go away. Unless you're some sort of supernatural creature who is destined to have a soulmate or something of that stupid sort, falling in love after only a week or so is NOT POSSIBLE OR REALISTIC.

5. Summarizing. Okay, this is necessary for some parts of a book. I don't need details on how a character washes dishes or does laundry or gets ready for bed at night. But I don't want important parts of the book summarized. I don't want that kiss between the two characters that I've been squealing and awwing over the entire book to happen so quickly that I nearly miss it.

Trends that need to blow up big:

1. Mermaids. I love mermaids, but where are all of the books? You'd think they'd be overdone by now, but I only know of maybe five or six YA total. I've read half of them, but haven't really fallen in love with one yet. Where is That Great YA Mermaid Novel? Fathomless by Jackson Pearce, perhaps? Probably.

2. Fantasy. Where are all of the Brightly Woven's and Graceling's? They're a tiny population compared to the paranormal crowd.

3. Images in books. Putting pictures as visual aids to go along with the story was a genius idea. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, Hold Still, Miss Peregrine's Home For Imaginary Children ... they all feature images that make the story come to life. I think a lot more books need to start doing this!

4. Quoting blogger reviews. Maybe I'm a bit biased as a blogger, but I think this is a great idea and I'm happy tha I've been seeing more of it. Bloggers can have such wonderful things to say! And the added bonus of feeling like a famous person for five minutes doesn't seem so bad either.

5. Author tours. These are blowing up big. Dark Days, Smart Chicks, Girls Take Over The World, From Ash To Nash ... hanging out with authors and bloggers and other book nerds is always the best time in the world so I definitely hope they continue to do this. However, there is a lonely girl near Detroit who haz no car and would like to attend an event a little bit closer than an hour away. Just a heads up. ;)

Are any of these on YOUR list?


  1. I'm totally with you on mermaids! I'd love to read a really great mermaid book. Also, I strongly agree on more fantasy and less summarizing.

    Great list!

  2. I'm totally with you on a lot of your points. I would love to see another high fantasy book. Love images in books (and loved Amy & Roger). Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has nice images too.

  3. TOTALLY agree about the best friends. And we haven't seen any books/authors quoting book bloggers on their covers, but that would be awesome!

  4. Really enjoyed reading this! I agree with the instant love. Very, very irritating.


  5. Since I just finished reading Graceling and I loving every minuscule aspect of it, I have to agree wholeheartedly that we need more fantasy. And Graceling is also one of the few books that includes a romance that isn't instalove, but starts out as friendship, and we all know those kinds of romance are so much sweeter to read!

  6. Oh, yes--Instalove--I call it Insta-soumates--is definitely on my list of trends I'd like to see disappear.

    I think author tours are awesome--but they NEVER come to my town.

    And, I had no idea that there was an erotica section at Walmart. Huh.

  7. I love images in books; anything: maps, pictures of things that are hard to explain, whatever! I would love to see more of that. Also more fantasy.