Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.
This week’s theme: Top Ten Trends You Would Like to See More or Less of
1. Steampunk – MORE MORE MORE. Definitely not enough saturating the market right now, and what’s there is mostly in the romance market, which is kind of a shame.
2. Biopunk: Genetic engineering, cybernetic implants in the body, etc. Think Scott Westerfeld’s “Uglies” series. It’s only just getting started now that cyberpunk has gone to take a bit of a nap and steampunk is taking over.
3. Audiobooks with actual actors doing the voicing – Yes, I’m looking at you, Holly Black and your “Curse Workers” series. (You too, Michelle Zink and your first volume of “Prophecy of the Sisters”!). This is a trend that seriously needs to pick up, and wouldn’t you like to hear your favorite actor read a great book? I know I would, and do.
4. Hardcore dystopian genre – Less of the romance-involved stuff, and more of the hardcore, “Brave New World”-type of dystopian genre stuff, please. Or if you’re going to do romance, just try not to choke us all with it. Or mix it up with something other than just heterosexual relationships.
5. In-between-series-book novellas – Looking at you, “Iron Fey” series! Julie Kagawa has sufficiently kept fans on the edge waiting for each next book with these novellas that help fill out the plot a bit more each time, and I heart her for it.
1. Vampires: Please. Seriously, go take a dirt nap for awhile, guys, while we recover from the overload that is vampires.
2. Books trying to capitalize on the supernatural creature + romance formula – not just talking to you, YA, but all genres. Unless you can do it without cramming it down all of our throats – at that point, I can fully condone it.
3. Long series books – try going for trilogies or companion books instead – that way, you can still world-build, but in smaller chunks, and start more trilogies if you need to. Look to Jacqueline Carey’s “Kushiel’s Legacy” bunch of three trilogies, all within the same world but in different time periods.
Can’t think of anything else at the moment. What are your top ten this Tuesday?