March 23, 2012

TGIF: Bookish Trends {7}


TGIF is a weekly feature created and hosted by GReads! that re-caps the week's posts and has a different question each week.

This week's question - Bookish Trends: What are some bookish trends you are noticing in the literature world today? Is there a particular trend you'd like to see more of?
Here's are two trends that I am really tired of seeing:
  • Series / Trilogies - Now, I'm actually a huge fan of series. So why did I include it on my list? Well, I'm really tired of series or trilogies that don't really make sense as series or trilogies. If a story can be told in one book, I think it should be kept to one book. I feel sort of cheated (out of my money) when I find out that a book is going to be a series when it makes more sense as a stand-alone novel. I feel like some series I have started lately have been more marketing ploys to get more money, but maybe that's just my feeling. I say long live good series' but let's see the end of gimmicky ones...
  • Instant Love - This is a trend I've noticed a lot in YA (although it does exist in adult fiction, too), and it drives me crazy. If someone meets and falls in love with another character during the course of the book, I want to see a progression in their relationship. I want to be able to figure out why they fell in love. I don't have to love the character, too, but I need to know that they fell in love with the person for a reason. I hate when people just glance at each other and feel an "instant connection" or only love a character for their looks. BLEGH!
As for trends I'd like to see more of, I'm really not sure. I don't know that I really want something in particular to become trendy, per se, because that's usually when I start to get sick of things. For example, I've enjoyed reading more dystopians lately, but I worry that they will soon become overdone. 

Ultimately, I want to see more of three things in particular. Smart, well-developed characters. Gripping, entertaining plots. Gorgeous, evocative prose. 

That's not too much to ask, is it? 

2 comments:

  1. Yes. Yes yes yes.

    Over the unnecessary series.

    BRING ON the smart, well-developed characters please!

    I like the way you think.

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    1. Haha thanks! I'm so mad that series have taken over because I usually love them and now I'm just burned out on them. My desire to read a new book significantly decreases when I found out it's going to be a series.

      And I KNOW - don't we need more smart, well-developed characters?! That's not even a trend - that should be a requirement!

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