its difficult to predict that, but maybe it will space cowboys, i think that would be cool. question for you: do you think these trends are a good thing, or do you feel it somewhat holds back really new ideas?
Zombies seem to be trending in general pop culture, but I'm not sure if that will transfer into literature. I've been seeing more alternate history recently, like Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, and steampunk in general. So maybe alternate history (especially Victorian based ones) are trending?
I think the next literaly trend will be the Late of the 40 towers, and other novels of that Romanian author. I think it was Madd? Maddie? Maddah?
Arh, something like that. Surely you know her. She even have a dA account! And is quite nice, as well! XD
Really I don't know about future literary trends. If we guide ourselves with hollywood, it could be a renewed interest in Zombies. The question would be: can that be turned into literacy? I doubt it.
Maybe you should add as well to your list the other fantasy "revelation" that came after the dramatization of the serie of books of the Song of Fire and Ice, after HBO: Since it appeared, I have been surprised with the amount of people -at least in Chile- back into "high fantasy". Even when the books of the Song of Fire and Ice weren't even translated by then!
) I think that High-fantasy (of which A Song of Fire and Ice is NOT part of, because it's realistic - call it makeshift history in a fictional continent, but it has so few fantasy elements and so many realistic ones that I think no one can catalog it) has always spurred the interest of writers. I, for one, have started out with Lak(not "t")e of the 40 Towers because I really liked the characters and afterwards, developing the plot, I began to love their stories as well. But my fist novel will not be it, most likely. I see "The Sweet Temptress" as my first novel It is much more appealing and it covers a historical event in a very fictional manner a thing which people are drawn to, because reality is pretty boring (so is A Song of Fire and Ice, because it copies it)
at the moment huger games has definitely spurred a dstopian trend, there's lots of young adult fiction coming out, set in a dystopian sort of world that all have basic plot of my life and everyone else's sucks, lets go bring down the bad government system, and also find romance as well but the dystopian trend could be influenced by real life events and issues, like the resession, which could make authors want to write really kinda depressing at first but ends up happy novels
I tottally agree with you on the real life issues part. How can you mix diystopia with romance? I mean George Orwell tried it in 1984 but turned out that the character became just like the other followers of BB :/ That's what dystopian literature is. 1984 all the way!
I love this question, you gave me a wonderful conversation with my husband. God the last 10 or so years has been crap for literary trends if you ask me. Most of what I read is older fantasy. Your vampire comment makes me want to go back and read the Vampire Chronicles Series, I feel old now. Honestly Vampires will always rise up I wouldn't give Twilight even close to acknowledgement for that. True Blood I think did more to make that trend happen then Twilight ever did. Same goes with Post-apocalyptic trends, I agree with TheaAtherea on that one. When times in society get dark you will always see these two come to the surface. With my eldest as far as past trends she was infatuated with all the anthropomorphic books like Guardians of Ga'hoole and Warriors, I am not sure how much of a trend that really was but they seemed to be pretty popular.
As far as what might come next we think we might see a rise in historical fiction. Though my husband would love to see it be epistemology
You are much welcomed. I too am wishing for the trend of historical fiction to reappear. It's been, oh, about 150 years since the last time it happened on a large scale - Alexandre Dumas and Walter Scott. I think Assasin's Creed did a lovely job in setting a foundation for the historical genre through their Italian settings, but nearly no media, not even TV or movies or books are taking after the game. It's a shame. (well maybe the TV seried Borgia is an exception, but nearly no one knows about it) :/
Post-apocalyptic fiction, started by the Hunger Games. I know there were rises in the popularity of that sort of novel throughout various decades, but I think it's starting again -- both in literature and in films and television. I don't know if the Hunger Games can claim all of attention the genre's been getting though. There were a LOT of post-apocalyptic video games and a few movies being released before the book series got so popular.