Friday, February 24, 2012

Trends in Young Adult novels

In the past decade or so we have seen quite the trends make their way into the Young Adult market of publishing.  Fantasy has always been popular since The Hobbit.  Children's fantasy has been popular since long before that with the tales from the Grimm Brothers, Hans Christian Anderson, Aesop's Fables, etc.

What I have noticed is (and this isn't really groundbreaking news) that publishers are on the lookout for the next big trend to market.  Harry Potter was huge.  We had wizards both good and bad and the magic was deliciously enticing for young and old.  The next wave I admit is not my favorite.  The vampire trend is oversaturated and filling up bookshelves and e-book stores.

What is exciting, is I think I might have stumbled on a new wave of my own.  I do not say this to be self-indulgent or cocky, but I really think it is excited.  It is magic, but with a different kind that has been used rarely.  I have researched the character types for this story and they go back ages ago, but even then, they are rarely used.  There is a very popular computer game that has this type of character in it, and these people have created their own lore.  I went and tried to take this group to a new level.

Can you guess who these people are?

If you do know and are a friend of mine, please keep it to yourself.  We don't want to unveil this too soon.

Happy weekend everyone

~T.S. Graveline


  1. Seriously, if I have to see another vampire book/movie/tv show, I think I am going to lose it.

    I applaude you for trying to come up with something of your own instead of just copying the "Hot" flavour of the month.

    Looking forward to hearing more.


  2. Thanks, I wanted to do something that hadn't really been done before. If you look back to like the 11th century or so and some older Italian writings you might find what I'm using, they really don't come up in literature much, unless you read World of Warcraft, which I don't play, but I know they're in that.