|Contrary to popular belief these are NOT the latest YA trends |
The other day, I noticed that a lot of female heroines had very similar names that start with K, which I thought was funny. I'm not the kind of person who's inherently for or against trends. I've read a lot of books I've loved that happen to fall into some of the trends I've noticed popping up in the YA world lately. So this list isn't meant to be a condemnation, nor is it meant to imply that authors made these choices just to hop on the badwagon. I just think it's just plain interesting how so many authors somehow make such similar decisions, even when writing vastly different genres. Obviously, I left out a lot of trends-- trends so vast, like books about mental health or angels or vampires or witches-- and limited it to more specific trends I've spotted among my recent reads.
On the Road Again
Road trips, baby! John Green gets the appeal of a YA road trip, having written both An Abundance of Katherines and Paper Towns, but there's also Saving June, Reunited, How To Be Bad, Amy and Roger's Epic Detour, Two-Way Street, Thou Shalt Not Road Trip, You Are Here, Kiss the Morning Star, In Honor, including others.
Everything's A Competition
Well, there are people competing to stay alive in The Hunger Games, assassins competing in Throne of Glass, girls competing for a prince in The Selection, teenage chefs competing on TV in Taste Test, the boys in The False Prince are fighting for a crown, and a whole lot more books are jostling for first place on your TBR list! And yes, that is the cheesiest joke I've ever made
So many books out there about famous and not-so-famous rock stars. Books like Audrey, Wait!, Being Friends with Boys, Where She Went, Decked with Holly, Born to Rock, Fat Kid Rules the World, I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone, Rock Star Superstar, Heavy Metal and You, etc.
It's All a Numbers Game
Revolution 19, 17 and Gone, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, Mila 2.0, 34 Pieces of You, Pretty Girl-13, Level 2, Monument 14, and even 3:59. And of course there are a billion where the number is actually spelled out as well.
"The Insert Title Here's Daughter", plus other types of daughters
The Madman's Daughter, The Mad Scientists Daughter, The Courier's Daughter series, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, The Iron Daughter, etc. SO MANY DAUGHTERS.
"Bone" "Blood" "Shadow"
Before I read these three books, I honestly could not keep them straight. I can't tell you how many times I called it "Daughter of Shadow and Bone". After reading at least part of all three novels, though, I know they're all completely different and I'm able to keep them straight. But these are hardly the only three YA novels with one of these three words in their titles. There's Bloodlines, Shadow Kiss, next year's The Shadow Cabinet, The Ruby in the Smoke, Blue Bloods, City of Bones, Days of Blood and Starlight, etc. Which brings me to the BIGGEST TITLE TREND
For Darkness Shows the Stars, All These Broken Stars, The Fault in Our Stars, Starglass, Across a Star-Swept Sea, Defy the Stars, Days of Blood and Starlight (a DOUBLE WHAMMY), on and on and on. There are a LOT of stars. It's any wonder we can keep these books straight!
I'm not even going to get into all the cover trends going on, since that would be a VERY long post for another day, but these are a few to look out there, and I'm sure there are others I've missed. Now I'll just be over there reading the next book on my TBR list, The 2 Bloodbones Shadow Daughters of Stars' Racing Road Trip Ultimate Playlist starring Anne Shirley and Pippi Longstocking.
Tell me-- what YA trends have you noticed lately?