Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Top Ten Trends I'd Like To See More/Less Of - Top Ten Tuesday With Julia

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Hey everyone. This is Julia here with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday:

Top Ten Trends You Would Like to See More or Less of

1. Steampunk
This genre is super interesting to me. I picked up Soulless on a whim off the new arrivals shelf back in college and thought that this was an interesting time period to read about. Couple that with the awesome new Sherlock Holmes movies and I just want to read anything that I can get my hands on. Though admittedly I have not read too much into this yet, I like where this is going. Especially if it means I get to have more to chose from.

2. Dystopian
I've always enjoyed dystopian novels. I think the trend recently has been trending high, and maybe it is about to crash, but I've enjoyed what I have read so far. And I like having options to chose something next :)

3. Audiobooks
I like the trend that is happening that is making Audiobooks more popular! When audiobooks are read with awesome voice talent, it just brings the story to life in a whole new way. I especially enjoy when the authors read something and they can give the book the life that they wanted it to be. Also, rec for the crowd? Tina Fey's Bossypants. She reads it herself and it makes it highly entertaining. (Also they are reading it at The College Students Group over at Goodreads!)

I am so sick of seeing vampires everywhere. SO. SICK. They seem like they are dominating the paranormal market! Look at this Google Graph showing the trend of the word vampire in books. Arg! It just keeps going up. Now, this isn't to say that I had vampire novels. If I am going to read it though, you need to give me a new twist. I've read Twilight and didnt care for it too much so ... yeah.

2. Covers that are trying to capitalize off the Twilight phenomenon

That's all I really have to say.

3. Series Books
Don't get me wrong. I love a good series. But seriously. Every once in a while I'd like to read a book and know that the last page I turn is actually the last page I turn. It seems like there has been just an upswing of series books lately. It is just a trend I am not excited for. Seriously. Look at this Most Popular Books in 2011. I think maybe 5 don't have "Xth in the Blah Series"

More or Less
1. Supernatural creature books trying to capitalize off of the Twilight phenomenon.
I feel like the Supernatural crazy is a good and bad thing. It seems like it is saturating the market (well the YA market anyway) but I don't know if it is a bad thing. Maybe a little bit more to wade through to get to the good ones? I don't know. I am glad it is not all vampires though, so at least people have a variety of creatures to choose from. So I am sick of it, but at the same time enjoy that it is bringing more variety into the supernatural market.

2. eBooks
I love the digitalization of books. I really enjoy being able to carry tomes, which I would not dare carry on airplanes before, along with me on my nook. But the prices and the turf wars and all the publishing bull just kills me. 14 loans of an eBook at a library before you have to buy a new license? Awesome... (this was only one publisher but still.) Get your head out of your ... butt and get with the times!

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  1. I could not agree more about the Twilight-esque covers for CLASSIC novels! Seriously, that just says sad things about our generation if they'll only pick up Austen or Bronte because it reminds them of Twilight.

    The series thing is killing me too. Back in the day, authors wrote their masterpiece and left it at that. Can you imagine, Wuthering Heights: The Next Generation? *headdesk*

  2. Steampunk!! I knew I forgot something! Great list.

    -Jenna @ the book element

  3. Ooh! I completely forgot about steampunk, I love that it's starting to creep in. I haven't really jumped onto the audiobook train yet but a lot of my friends love listening on the bus so I'm glad the options are more available for them.

  4. @Casey:
    You can see that my list had a little bit of the contemporary hate for Twilight seeping into the rest of the book market. You can have it and like it fine, but keep it away from my classics!

    I loved Soulless. If you needed a SP rec that is my unsolicited advice for the night!

    I worked in Chicago last week and took the L every morning and night. I think the people on the train through I was crazy for inappropriate laughter, but it made the commute seem soo much shorter! And I knocked a book of my TBR in a week!

  5. I'm right there in your corner when it comes to Twilight knock-offs (covers, content, whatevah) and paranormal cheesiness. And I am a huge fan of audiobooks: I get to so many more that way!
    We don't square on dystopian novels, although I'm happy to entertain the better-written ones... And I have a bit to say about particular trends in YA that strike me as all about the buck, not about the work...

  6. Now that you mention it, I totally agree with you on the vampires. They have invaded every genre possible, and not that I don't adore them, it's just too much. I'd like it if they took a back seat and let another paranormal/supernatural being take center stage.

  7. I'd have to agree about the Twilight covers. I went with something like that in my list. I also put audiobooks and dystopian on my list.

    Hmmm I can't believe I forgot to put the whole taking the classics and adding paranormal stuff to them. Ughhhh

  8. @Laurie
    lol I am glad we agree (and disagree too!). I agree that there are quite a few YA style choices that seem to just capitalize on the hoarding instincts of young girls. Hoarding meaning when you get attached to a work, wanting everything and anything ever to do with it. (For me it was LOTR which shows my nerdiness)

    That is what I am saying. I mean, how cool would a book about a merman (to mix things up) who has to come live ashore because his people are dying and the only way to save them is to seek out x... (Never said I was a writer :) )

    @Must Love Books
    Yeah... the classics with a twist never really appealed to me.. but hey if you want to read about Lincoln slaying vampires, fine. Just keep it out of my section of the store :P

  9. Thanks for this Top Ten. It really got me thinking this week and I think looking at other lists, that it got others thinking, too.

  10. As usual, great topic choice. I am totally with you re: vampires. It has bled into so much YA lit, and unfortunately, not all are well-written. It's a bandwagon that too many seemed to have jumped on. I'm afraid dystopian might become the next overcooked trend.

  11. No more vampires. Bust out the garlic, open the shutters, give me a wooden stake- whatever it takes.

  12. This is a great topic this week! I'm completely with you on the steampunk - it's just so much fun and there's so many angles that still can be looked at and written about! I can't wait to read more of it.

  13. Vaaaaampires. Yes, there definitely needs to be a slow down there! There are books I like with vampires, but in general it's starting to get to be overdone and old. BRING ON PRINCESSES AND TIME TRAVEL, I SAY! Not those two mashed together though.

  14. I completely agree with being sick of vampires but I really like reading series because I feel like I know the characters better siince you spend more time with them and I just don't like audio books. I love your blog.

  15. I totally agree with your #2 in the less portion!
    When I saw those covers on the shelves I totally flipped! I could not believe that they would do that to a CLASSIC!
    I had been meaning to start reading the classics but they kept getting pushed back and when I took my first Lit class my professor (she was freaking awesome) inadvertently made me push them up my TBR list and I'm glad that she did.

  16. I agree! I want more dystopian and less series books! :) It's funny because many dystopians are part of a series, lol.

  17. LOL! Good call on the book covers! I've totally noticed that too!

  18. This is a great posting idea.
    I'll put mine up soon.
    Cassandra @ Book & Movie Dimension (http://bmdimension.blogspot.com/)

  19. Good list! I talked about the positives and negatives of ebooks in my post too: Top Ten Best/Worst Trends

  20. Really enjoyed reading your list and I agree with you on being sick of the Twilight-esque covers. Especially the ones that are ruining great classics.

  21. Great list! I also have vampires on my list of things I'd like to see less of. I loved Soulless and am eager to try more steampunk too.

  22. I agree whole-heartedly with your list, especially the twilight thing. I'm especially ticked at the classics being marketed that way. I like to listen to audio books when I travel, it makes the time go faster. nicely done today. Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

  23. New to the Meme!

    I totally agree about the ebook turf wars and all that...I usually just get really irritated when listening to all that bull. But hey...now I can carry 300 books around with me all the time...idk what to think lol

  24. I agreed with many of your trends to see less of!

  25. I agree with quite a few of yours.

    Yara @ Once Upon a Twilight

  26. @Anne
    You're welcome! I am sorry I couldnt think of 10. Then looking at your lists, I can name at least 5 more now!

    I agree on dystopian.It is easy to mess up, imo. It needs to be something that I can get a message from to apply to my life. Those are the ones I want more of.

    LOL. Love it!

    This TTT has really made me want to read more Steampunk. I'll have to make that one of my next reviews to research!

    OMG TIME TRAVEL!! I love those stories. Princesses would be great too. Especially if they were strong female leads...
    August 2, 2011 4:06 AM

    Thanks! I love a good series too, I just feel that we are missing the good stand alone books these days. And I really hate when I start to read a book without realizing it is a series, then get to the end and think... what?

    It made me sad to see. They are pretty but it is obvious what they are trying to do...$$$$

    Thanks! I cant wait to read yours!

    I know! But where are the ones like Fahrenheit 451? Good standalone dystopians, please!

    It’s sad. I actually found a couple of articles on it when I was looking for the images…

    Can’t wait to read it! Glad you like TTT!

    eBooks really are almost a Catch-22. I really like going to the bookstore and having the people there to help me get to the book I want. But eBooks are so convenient, especially when traveling (like I do all the time).

    When I think of people buying the classics because of the twilight covers and thinking that they will be like Twilight, it makes me laugh. Oh, reader. Wait until you meet Darcy. He is kind of a cad. :)

    @Christina T
    Thanks! I can’t wait for the next in the Soulless series (although it is starting to make my More Series soul cry… lol (if that even makes any sense).

    Thanks! Audiobooks really do pass the time well!

    Welcome! Hope you enjoyed week one!

    A lot of them seem to be a theme running through the TTT Lists. Publishers! Are you reading this meme?!

    Thanks. I wish I could have thought of more…

  27. I've never seen those creepy twilight covers for those classics.....what the heck?

    I'll be very happy when in 5 years we look back on our obsession with nonsensical vampire books, tv, and movies and try to forget about the time when that was cool.

  28. Definitely agree about the covers and thumbs up for more Steampunk too!

  29. Great list, and great topic, this really got me thinking! I definitely agree with more dystopian and less series and Twilight wannabes! Have a great Tuesday. :-)

  30. I used Dystopian too! I'm really hoping they don't crash anytime soon.

  31. I'm kind of sick of series books too. It would be nice to have a stand-alone book. I love Stephanie Perkins for that very reason (and others too of course).

  32. I agree with you on the classics covers with a Twilight makeover. Ugh. Although its not a bad idea to give those classics a makeover to make them look more interesting, lets not get all Twilighty.

    I like series books if they are well written because a well written book leaves me wanting to know more about the characters.

    Heres a link to my post

  33. Awesome list. I also want more steampunk and audio! I like what you have to say about covers, supernatural and e-books. Excellent points. Here is my list:

  34. Great list! I totally agree with you that there should be more steampunk!

  35. I love the Twilight covers thing, and definitely agree with more Dystopian. But I love series and I could definitely use more of them.

  36. Great list, Julia. I agree wholeheartedly about the Twilight cover phenomenon. Jeez, you can't tell one book from the other. I so dislike trending in cover design. Ugh.

    Lots of other good ideas as well.

    I too listed Vampires in the Less category.

  37. I should have thought of the Twilight covers! Ugh, they are so unimaginative. I also picked series books, though. I'm getting very tired of not being able to finish a story without having to get 3 or more books.

  38. Word on the Twilight inspired covers for classics. Pride and Prejudice is especially WRONG!

    Also, I love audiobooks, too! I wish I had access to more through my library, but they just had to let access to two services elapse because of budget cuts. :<

  39. I am so sick of all the Twilight cover copies!! And I completely agree with audiobooks. I'm trying to use them more often.

  40. I'm also kinda "meh" about the whole supernatural thing. It's not for me, but a lot of people like it. I still have plenty to read, though!

  41. This list was really fun. I had more "mores" than "lesses"-being positive for a change!

  42. I completely agree. More dystopian and down with the vampires!!!

  43. This was such an awesome one to do - thanks!

  44. I didn't realize that audio books were trending upwards...I thought that they were tanking. But I'm happy if you're right about that. And based on your rec I ordered the Tina Fey audio and started the first disc tonight. Love it so far!

  45. I love good audio books and the fact that so much is available. And I kind of have to agree about series: I like stand-alones. I like the finality. Series have their charms, too, but if they get to out of hand, it's hard to know where to start.

    This was a tough one for me, but definitely fun.

  46. They did the same thing coverwise with the Flowers in the Attic series (And the Standalone My Sweet Audrina), to capitalize on Twilight. And they put them in the YA section which.. um.. not YA.

    (Even if I read it when I was 9..)

  47. Whoo, this meme is getting popular. Couldn't agree more about the Twilight-esque covers.

  48. Definitely agree about the Twilight-esque covers.


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