Every few years, the best sellers in young adult literature seem to go through different phases under popular genres. The books that are the first of each new trend seem to become all anyone can talk about as it gains popularity. Suddenly, there are a million books that come out that fall under that same genre. Remember Twilight and how it sparked the vampire craze? What started as a simple Team Edward or Team Jacob turned into a general pop culture love of the Supernatural. You could see it continue with The Vampire Diaries by L.J Smith, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, and the list goes on. Books and movies alike were saturated with vampire love stories. Eventually, like how all trends do, it fizzled out. This typically tends to happen after the movie series finishes, so it can’t continue to spark a re-interest with the public.
What came next seemed to be the Dystopian Genre. It typically is set in a futuristic society where something has caused the world to be a not so great place to live in. Surprisingly, there seems to be a majority of heroines in this genre. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins seemed to spark it all. Everyone was wrapped up in the Peeta and Gale triangle in the same way that everyone had been concerned with Team Edward or Team Jacob. Closely following behind was the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth and the Maze Runner by James Dashner. With these stories, the audiences rooted for the main characters to succeed. There was still a romantic element like with Tris and Four and Katniss, Peeta and Gale, but the draw wasn’t for the love story. It was for Katniss and Tris to win.
So what happens next? I am in no way a pop culture predictor. Due to the fact that we are still waiting for the Maze Runner trilogy to finish in theatres, I would say we are still on the tail end of the dystopian genre. The final movie will be the last thing still generating hype for audiences. After that, who knows? If I had to wager a guess I would say the next phase would be for the mystery-thriller as there are plenty of people raving about Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. All that’s left is to just wait and see if there are an abundance of mystery novels that reach best sellers.
What are your predictions?
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