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Literary trends!

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MaddalinaMocanu Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I've been asking myself this for some time:

What literary trends have there been in the last 10-20 years?

I know these examples:

1. Harry Potter spurred a tone of novels revolved around magic. (between 2000 and 2003)
2. The Lord of the Rings(the movie) was the starting point for fantasy novels >>> continued afterwards with the massive, undeserved attention Eragon had. (2003-2005)
3. Memoirs of a Geisha (the movie) started the "geisha" movement.
and last but not least.(2005-2008)
4. Twilight Series began the "vampire craze" >.> (I am not saying anything about the Vampire Journals those came 17 years before Twilight. (Heck they are as old as I am). (2008-2012)

But seriously now... Most of these books are fame worthy (except Eragon and Twilight ofc).
What do you think will be the next literary trend? If there is a new trend, what is it?
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DenzelAJackson Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
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?

and, good question:)
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The-Theory-Liz Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Angel and demon centered books have been rising in trends, I think the possibility might be because of Cassandra Clare? :confused:
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RadiantSereneChaos Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
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?
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carusmm Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Robots.
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MaddalinaMocanu Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Meh, Asimov was so last season :/
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carusmm Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
He's coming back again in a fashion.
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist
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!
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MaddalinaMocanu Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:)) 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 :D It is much more appealing and it covers a historical event in a very fictional manner :D a thing which people are drawn to, because reality is pretty boring (so is A Song of Fire and Ice, because it copies it)
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist
XD Sorry, I normally mess with literart concepts.
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the-alchemy-of-me Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
perhaps steampunk, lately i've been noticing more steampunk novels for sale. or maybe demons, those also seem to becoming more popular too
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MaddalinaMocanu Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Maybe, I am not really really sure what's today's trend it's so shifting >.<
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bitBEE Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
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
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MaddalinaMocanu Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
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!
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bitBEE Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
well i suppose romance in the middle of all tne gloom and despair brings out the hopefull element that these new ones have
1984 is great, but i think i prefer v for vendetta
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Molvayas Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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 :D

Thanks for the good thought provoking moment! :heart:
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MaddalinaMocanu Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
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) :/
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Molvayas Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The Pillars of the Earth was okay. I tried watching Borgia but had a hard time getting through the politics of it. :D
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MaddalinaMocanu Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That's the beauty of these historical TV series, the intrigue :D
Charles the 2nd: the Passion and the Power was great in this instance.
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Molvayas Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do want to give it another try, I think it may have been the episode I tried to watch. I loved Tudors so I really wanted to like that one. :D
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TheaAtherea Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012   General Artist
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.
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MaddalinaMocanu Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the information. You may be right :)
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