Thursday, February 2, 2012
What's the Next Big Thing?
Yes, I know. Writing for a trend is very risky. I'm a slow writer, so chances are if I tried to catch the wave of a current trend, it would likely pass me by before I finished writing it. But I'm wondering, is there something new out there that hasn't been tried before (or at least hasn't been done to death)? Could I get in on the beginning of a new wave? What will be the next big thing in romance?
Shapeshifters, vampires, and fae are very popular at the moment, and likely will continue to be. Mashing sub-genres is also popular - an historical that is also a suspense or paranormal, for example. Sometimes popular TV shows reflect or predict reading trends (and vice versa). One show I've been enjoying lately is "Once Upon a Time". It's not new to use fairy tale motifs in romance, but perhaps a book that creates a new fairy tale world of magic and treachery might be something I could sink my teeth into!
So, what do you think is the next big trend in romance? Or, do you follow the advice of many agents who say 'just write a good book' and forget about trends? If you're a writer, what is your next project going to be? If you're a reader, what kind of book do you want to read next?