Have you noticed any trends in the genres/categories you read in the last few years? What seems to be trending now?
Most of my reading list is YA, and this is a category of books that has a huge tendency to move in trends. Fairytale retellings have been popular for a few years now and that’s still continuing, particularly dark and twisty versions of the tale. On the fantasy side, there has been a significant shift towards Fae ever since ACOTAR, high-stakes heists are still in fashion too, but overall, I’ve noticed a significant shift towards more complex and detailed world-building in the genre. There are also more Asian-inspired fantasies of late, like Spin the Dawn or Descendant of the Crane. Space operas like Aurora Rising or Crownchasers are another recent trend. An increasingly diverse cast of characters is something I’ve noticed across genres, most common in sci-fi and fantasy novels. In historical fiction, WWII related books were very common last year.
What do you think the next trend will be? What trends would you like to see?
There was a dystopian phase some years ago with The Hunger Games and Divergent and it slowed down a little after that, but I have a feeling the genre is going to make a comeback. Science fiction in general is another that is growing more popular recently and I think that will continue too, particularly in YA. Vampires seem to be getting popular again as well, though that trend is not one I’m looking forward to.
Are trends healthy for the book world?
It really depends on the way it is done. As a reader, I usually don’t follow trends and choose my books based on what I feel like reading rather than what is popular, and I take hyped books with a pinch of salt. The main issue is that we could end up with a bunch of titles that are way too similar in a row and it just takes the fun out of it. It could also take attention away from other great books because the hype is on the books following the trend. On the other hand, the popular trend could bring some really amazing titles to the forefront, and of course, if it’s a trend you really love, it’s great to have a wider range to choose your next read from.
Have you noticed any trends in recent books? Share your thoughts in the comments below!