I know this is a first for me to jump into two Top Ten Tuesdays in a row, but the superb bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish came up with another topic for which I'm eager to toss around my two cents:
TenEight Trends of which I'd Like to See More/Less
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2. LESS: I'm a fan of color and the first trend I can think of that's starting to wear on me is Black Covers. I talked a bit about the Twilight-esque covers in the comments of this post, but all-in-all I'm a bit amazed how many covers tend toward such dark colors these days. I would think that bright vivid ones would be more eye-catching but I'm always amazed when I walk into the few remaining bookstores near me and am confronted by black, black, and more black.
Top Ten Tuesday post about movies, one of my favorite books is The Princess Bride by William Goldman. I mention it here because I think it's a great example of a Young Adult Work that Appeals to Males as well as females, and I would love to see more books in that category.
4. LESS: Along those same lines, I think the book world can afford to do with less novels about Thirteen-Year-Old Girls riding around in Limos and Drinking Martinis. I know a lot of what I read as a young girl was very much fluff-fiction, but I seem to see lots of books these days geared at girls in which the main characters are rich socialites. Though I understand the fun of these characters, why not decrease this trend and have more females making a difference rather than just enjoying themselves.
5. MORE: And while I'm on the subject of having more characters make a difference, my wishlist of trends definitely includes more Novels Set in the Real World. I like dystopia as much as the next reader, but I also enjoy a good story about friendship or a classic mystery in a suburban setting.
6. LESS: Reading should be about connecting to real life as much as it should be about escapism or daydreaming, and while I'm dreaming about more novels with realistic settings, could we also get a little less Paranormal? For a while it was just vampires that were overdone but now it seems that werewolves, zombies, angels, demons, psychics, and ghosts have all happily joined the parade.
8: LESS: Just don't be one of the countless authors that's writing a Retelling or Sequel to Pride and Prejudice. Please. Please, please, please, can we as a literary community agree to finally leave the Bennets, Bingleys, and Darcys alone? The original is a masterpiece and some of the new spoofs and homages have been great fun but the market is saturated and I really think we can all survive without another glimpse into the life of Denny's cousin's butler or Georgiana's friend's secret diary. There are countless other works out there - even plenty other Austen pieces - that haven't had the
I think I'm going to stop this list at eight today. As always, I love to hear your thoughts, agreements, and disagreements. Thanks for stopping by and thanks again to The Broke and the Bookish for always hosting such a fun start to the blogging week!