Friday, March 23, 2012

... in books

TGIF is a weekly meme hosted by Ginger at GReads!

This week she wants to know:
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?

The first thing that popped to my mind was that there is (even in Austria) a huge section of English YA books in most bookstores. You can also find the German translations of many YA novels like, Starcrossed, The Mortal Instruments (they kept their English title even in German) and The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy.

some German covers

When I was a teen I was just starting my now huge English section on my bookshelves and most of them were adult novels and brought from the US, when my dad went there on business. This definitely changed. I think that authors finally realized that there is not only a market for children’s and adult’s literature. Young adults finally have their own genre and this is amazing. I love reading YA novels and I hope that this trend will continue because I think that teens have different (reading) needs than kids and adults.

Another bookish trend is that during the last two years or so a lot of book dealing with witches, vampires and werewolves were published. Don’t get me wrong, I love them but sometimes it would be nice to read a recently published (YA) novel without a paranormal twist.

A huge deal right now are dystopian novels. They are popping up everywhere! I like reading different genres and I also read dystopian but sometimes it irritates me that books and genres get hyped so much. It seems like a lot of publishers are like “Oh, this and this dystopian novel sells well, we have to publishes one too!”

To end this rambling, I would like to say that I love seeing people read and especially kids and teens because I always hope that they will stay avid readers throughout their lives and I think that the trend to writing and publishing YA novels (either in English or in German) is a good way to keep teens reading. I also love seeing so many different genres in the YA and also in the adults section in bookstores but sometimes I would appreciate it if there would be more variety in publishing (so not ten new dystopian YA novels and then ten paranormal YA novels). How about a little mix and match?

Have a nice weekend and enjoy the sunshine 
(hopefully the sun is shining wherever you are)


  1. Haha, I guess we're all noticing the same things, so there's no denying they're happening. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
    Here's my TGIF this week and a *wave* from Germany to you! ;)

  2. True. In our bookstore, and I'm living in a smalltown in Germany, the biggest part is YA literature. I don't necessarily like the books written for this age-group, maybe because I don't like the person I was when I was 15/16/17 or because there is simply too much angst, but I love that there are authors who do not only manage to create stories that seem to intrigue teenagers, but also Adults. :)

    Patricia // My FF

  3. It is so interesting to see the different book covers. I agree there are alot of vampire, werewolf books in the YA section now.