Vampires may live forever, but the recent vampire trend in YA fiction won’t. Author Michael Grant, for one, is “sick to death of vampires,” and he is not alone. But when one hugely popular trend ends, what will take its place? Some readers have their fingers crossed for postapocalyptic fiction.
Grant, along with fellow authors Scott Westerfeld, Carrie Ryan, and James Dashner, gathered with fans at Barnes & Noble on Manhattan’s Upper East Side last Thursday to discuss their latest books, as well as the future of this “bleak future” genre.
I'm a huge fan of post-apocalyptic fiction but...
1. Vampires have been popular in fiction longer than Dracula by Bram Stoker has been around. They were popular in YA fiction before Twilight, and I think they will continue to be popular because there will always be a following for the genre. The hype will die down, eventually.
2. "Bleak future" has been a genre for a long time as well. Like anything, it will also have its high and low points in popularity.
3. If I was an author in the "bleak future" genre, I'd tell people my work was the next big thing, too.
What do you think?