Where is YA Going?

MidnightHour_Final CVR_revisedThere has been a lot of talk in the publishing industry and among writers about the future of YA books. Where are we headed in 2016? Which genres are hot and which are fading? Some publishers are saying the popularity of paranormals like Shadow Falls are fading. But my fans always ask me to write more. And look at the success of writers like Colleen Gleason and Cassandra Clare. Vampires, Shadow Hunters and werewoles abound!

I just read an article in the Huffington Post that said time travel story lines are an up and coming trend. And of course the twist on the old classic has been selling well for a while. Think of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 51xDeJ-9R2L._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_(there’s even a movie!) or books like Cynthia Hand’s My Lady Grey, a twist on British history’s Lady Jane Grey as a teen. Actually, I’ve heard anything with strong, royal female leads is popular. Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries helped bolster that trend–and it has kept getting stronger.  Royalty in any time period seems to go over well, especially with a strong female lead that changes things or goes against authority.

Best friend themes have been around for a while, and I don’t see them going anyplace anytime soon. Doesn’t everyone love a good story about besties that will go to great lengths for one another? But much of the YA fiction is issue driven with relatable stories filled with problems everyday teenagers face. And with the success of The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene, contemporary stories with heavier topics and “illness books” are also on the rise.

So, I’d like you to tell me your favorite YA genre and the themes that you like to read.

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I mentioned my friend and fellow author Colleen Gleason, and if you live in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, Colleen and I will be at Schuler Books in Grand Rapids on April 28th at 7:00 PM. If you haven’t read Colleen’s Stoker and Holmes series, you’re missing out! Come by Schuler’s and say hello. We’ll be giving away t-shirts and my tote bags.


cover-chess-queen-enigmaEvaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you’re the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. 


13 thoughts on “Where is YA Going?

  1. Anything paranormal, contemporary isn’t my thing. I like a twist on the classics but only in adult not ya- makes it too much like contemporary for me.

  2. Paranormal, Fantasy and Dystopia are my favorite YA genres. They just keep me entertained so much more than most of the others.

  3. Paranormal! Always and forever! When I was a teen, there was very few paranormal YA books to choose from. Dystopians and Fantasies were even few and far between. I need something “abnormal” in my reads to have any interest in them. Hence the reason why I stay away from contemporaries. I still have a strong long for my paranormal reads, even though I’ve expanded to dystopian–especially ones with vampires and the like in it–and fantasies because magic! I’ve always loved those books and will continue to! I’m truly sadden that publishers are thinking that it’s done (for now) because I am still here and wanting more new ones. Though, the only upside would be I get to catch up on my mountainous TBR pile and by the time I complete it, maybe Paranormals will be back IN!

  4. i like paranormal, romance, paranormal romance and books like the divergent series or john green books. but i think paranormal (with romance) is my top one. there are a lot of paranormal books on my bookshelf. my favorite ones would have to be CC Hunters out of all of them. my second one would have to be romance. i think that i like paranormal romance out of all of them which CC Hunter writes . i really hope paranormal romance becomes popular again!!!

  5. I really love paranormal books. Lately, I’ve been itching to read a book about fairies. But I can’t find any that stand out. Usually, authors stick to a simple formula. I’d like to read one with romance and horror mixed with it. Kind of like how vampires are written. I’m tired of reading about the ‘good’ fairies. If that makes sense.

  6. i love these seririe, but it would be much great if series were launched like The Vampire Diaries so we could see video too. i Would love pleae try to make it happen.

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