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I know it’s probably pretty naive, but I still love the books with happy endings. Robin McKinley, Diana Wynne Jones, and Brian Jacques all do happy endings.

So what’s up with teen books getting more depressing? I just bought The Hunger Games, because it’s intriguing and the reviews are very good, but the truth is that I’m not sure I want to read abook where so many people die. I read a book called Thirteen Reasons Why, about teen sucide, and I had to wonder – what’s happening in teens’ lives that they want to read about all these depressing subjects. Are they so unhappy they want to read about people in similar situations? Are they so un-hampered by worries that reading about other people’s horrible experiences is new and escapist?

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not one of those people who thinks difficult subject shouldn’t be in kids’ books. In fact, one of my favorites, Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher, deals with racism, child abuse, and alcoholism. But lately even the fantasy creatures are dark and scary. I like the talking cats and sorcerers and dwarves and friendly dragons in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede. I don’t like the vampires, werewolves, and zombies of current YA books.

So when I read the article “Fat Vampires, Sexy Werewolves, and the Future of Teen Reading” I was disappointed. I might be in the minority, but I’m going to pray for more uplifting teen books, and hope that happy endings return to literature.

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I was reading Booksquare today, and I noticed an old post from Nov. 2009 called Trendwatching 2010, and I wanted to add my two cents (per usual). Here’s a couple predictions about how publishing will evolve in the next couple years or so.

1) E-books will be huge (duh!) and BOTH the Kindle and the iPad will continue to be popular.
2) E-book prices will actually get higher – some will be at $9.99 or below for a while, but publishers will probably make $14.99 the standard, and some books will be even more expensive as time goes on. Publishers will realize that people will pay these prices.
3) A lot more small presses will use on-demand publishing. And on-demand publishing will eventually become the standard (I’m talking about 5 years from now, not right away) because it doesn’t require such a commitment of time or money.
4) Sales to China will increase exponentially, and all foreign rights will be a much more important money-maker for publishers.
5) Self-publishing will be increasingly more accepted, and publishers will actually find some of their bestselling books from among these authors. And we will see a Self-Published section in many bookstores.
6) Almost every big book or author will have book trailers, websites, and blogs. Some already do, but book trailers will be a HUGE marketing tool – much more important to marketing plans than they are now.
7) Independent bookstores will all have Book Espresso Machines.
8) The hottest genres will be Young Adult, Horror, and Paranormal Romance.

Some of these are pretty obvious, but I think it’s good to remember that publishing isn’t a stagnant industry – it’s changing so much that we all need to grow with it, quickly.

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I just read on Publishing Perspectives that Dystopian and Undead stories are very popular at the Bologna Book Fair this year.

Well, that doesn’t really surprise me – it seems like half the books on the shelf are about these two subjects lately, though I do prefer zombies to vampires (vampires are too creepy). ย Just for fun, though, here’s some of MY favorites:

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by
Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Robin Hood & Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers by Paul A. Freeman

World War Z by Max Brooks

And the dystopian one I WANT to read:
The Dream of Perpetual Motion by
Dexter Clarence Palmer

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I was working at Borders when the fourth book of the Twilight saga was released. Only a couple people in the store had read the books, and we were expected to host a release party with trivia and contests, so it seemed a good idea to read them. Even the fourth one, since I’d read the rest.

Twilight Spoof image, with Obama and Palin ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, loonngg review short, I didn’t like them. To be fair to Stephenie Meyer, I don’t really like Vampire books in general. But I really thought her writing was trite, her main character was whiny, and her love triangle was predictable (except for the creepy baby, didn’t see that coming).

So every time I talk to someone my age who read the books (if you’re in middle school, it’s more acceptable) and loved them, I’m honestly surprised.

I just read yesterday that Meyer is releasing another short book, titled The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. I guess I’m not surprised, everyone’s capitalizing on the series trend (something I’ll probably rant about in another post) but I honestly can’t understand the obsession. And they must be expecting quite a sales rush, with a first printing of 1.5 million copies.

Again, though, I have to give Meyer some credit: $1 dollar from the sale of each book, which is being released for free online, will be donated to the Red Cross for Haiti Relief. I guess there’s something to be said for using one’s power for good. ๐Ÿ˜› But I hope she stops writing soon – the faster everyone gets over this vampire craze, the better – and then we can get back to the business of reading good fantasy books.

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