This is an interesting topic! I cannot say that I have had more than a fleeting thought about book trends, but when I reflect on it there have been a few trends that I noticed in the last few years. I am so looking forward to reading everyone else’s posts this week!
Have you noticed any trends in the genres/categories you read in the last few years?
There have definitely been trends in the kinds of books that are popular, especially when it comes to YA. The Hunger Game era instantly comes to mind when a lot of dystopian became all the rage. Domestic thrillers with words like “girl”, “wife”, “daughter”, “woman”, etc. have been popular for years thanks to books like Gone Girl and Girl on the Train.
What seems to be trending now?
It feels as though fae stories are having a really having a moment right now, thanks to Sarah J Maas. If you are looking for more recommendations within this genre, please read A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shutterworth.
I also think that contemporary romance is trending, and I am loving every second of it. It seems as though the move toward more illustrated covers for romances have opened up the genre to a wider audience, which is amazing.
Dark academia has always been popular, but it appears that more and more readers are falling in love with the subgenre. There is an entire aesthetic that is centered around the idea of dark academia!
Retellings are huge right now and I love it! Give me a Greek myth retelling and I am happy. I have so many retellings on my shelves that I have to get to and am excited about.
What do you think the next trend will be?
Honestly, I think we will start seeing more and more pandemic related books over the next few years. I am one of those readers who has felt a pull towards these kinds of books, though I know there are many others who avoid them completely- for good reason!
When it comes to retellings, The Great Gatsby is now public domain, so I expect we will see a lot of books inspired by that story in the near future, and I am so ready!
What trends would you like to see?
I would love to see more standalone SciFi and fantasy series! I think that the length of fantasy series can be very intimidating for readers who are looking to dip their toes into the genre- I know it was for me. More standalones will make SciFi and fantasy more accessible!
There is always room for more diversity in publishing- in all aspects. I would love to see more books with disability rep, for example.
Are trends healthy for the book world?
I don’t think trends are healthy or unhealthy- they are inevitable! Trends can cause a genre or type of book to become oversaturated and readers can become bored of that kind of book. We saw this with vampires and Twilight and with dystopian and The Hunger Games. It is interesting because here we are a few years later and it looks like those kinds of books are coming back. Trends in books are a lot like trends in fashion- they are cyclical and everything comes back in style!
What is a book trend that you would love to see?