I noticed a change in the YA trends a few years ago when I worked in the Nacogdoches Public Library. Trends take time to grow and this one is still gaining ground, but I believe it has become more popular since I left Nacogdoches. I can now say with certainty that the latest trend in YA literature is sci-fi! That’s right: space ships and aliens rule!
But wait a minute, that’s not anything new! Sci-Fi has been a popular YA sub-genre for a long time.
I know that sci-fi YA books have always been on the shelves, but you have to admit that whatever was popular before Twilight hit the shelves took a backseat to stories about vampires, werewolves, and other half species (Perhaps the most fascinating was half-angels. I mean, come on!) These books will still remain on YA library shelves along with the other subgenres, and authors will continue to write them.
However, I think it’s pretty hard to deny right now that the “wheel of popular trends” has come back around to rest on sci-fi. If you love sci-fi, then rejocie! This is your time to own the YA section! If, however, sci-fi isn’t your most favorite thing in the world, then rest assured in the knowledge that trends change over time. Once authors get tired of writing sci-fi, they’ll move to something else and the publishing market will move with them (or vice versa.)
The time of the Vampires is over! The time of the Spaceships is now! The time of the Dragons might be just around the corner!