Top 5 Wednesday: Trends I’m Tired Of

Oh the ever changing trends of publishing. Cover changes, genres…the list is endless. But like many people, I’m getting tired of certain trends. I feel like that guy from the movie Network: “I’m mad as hell and I can’t take it anymore!”

With sarcasm aside, here’s the top 5 trends with books that I’m sick of!

  1. Cover changes!

You walk into a bookstore. You see a book that looks cool and you’re like: “Hey, this book looks good! I should grab the second one too.” So you look, and when you find the second book, you see that it looks completely different. It’s that same feeling of when you watched the show LOST. You know, that cool survival show of people stuck on an island that ends up being a ridiculously meta thingy no one can you figure out? (No moments of silence for that one, it’s been years and no one cares)

Here’s a couple examples of cover changes that just don’t make sense:

The Diviners series:

See that beautiful first cover? It’s edgy, clean lined and draws the eye immediately. Then you see the second book, while not horrible, doesn’t draw the eye as much and doesn’t even match the theme of the first. There’s many other people who didn’t like this change either. Maybe we’ll get lucky and have the rest of the series return to its formal glory?

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“The DIviners” and it’s sequel “Lair of Dreams”

The Old Kingdom series:

Back in 1995, the world experienced this classic Australian fantasy series starting with Sabriel. The first three books all have the same theme as the original book. But now, after Clariel and the pictured new installment, this is another case where if you saw these books next to each other, you wouldn’t think they were the same series? The entire series did get a cover update back in the new millennium that match the two newest. But for the nostalgic purest that I am, I think the covers should’ve stayed the same all around.

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“Sabriel” (original 1996 cover) and the 2016 installment “Goldenhand”

2. Fairytale Retellings:

From the fifty different takes on Snow White, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, I could avoid every YA section at the book store for a year. I swear if I see one more of the same four fairytales, my eyes will bleed. There’s so many different stories out there that could be retold, like from Africa, Saudi Arabia, Tonga, Finland…you name it. From the stale Lunar Chronicles Stitching Snow, A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Wicked Thing….go look on Goodreads and see how many fairytale books have been published in the last decade. While I can appreciate books like The Forbidden Wish, that is their own original story, authors should not rely on writing a fairytale book to get published.

3. Not Enough Male Main Characters

I kid you not; over 80% of YA books that are published are female characters. While that’s not terrible, it is getting overly saturated. Lots of main females are starting to sound like copies of others and can be very forgettable. Where are the guy characters? Young male readers don’t have a lot of series they can read that are geared towards boys. Sure, Rick Riordan is the main title holder for that, but authors should experiment and write books geared towards young boys. We need more authors like Brandon Sanderson, Brandon Mull and D.J. MacHale that bring guys in the forefront of YA.

4. Love as the main focus or subplot of every story

Another situation where at least 80% of YA has a story focused on romance. You can’t see the YA section at bookstores without reading stuff like “star crossed lovers”, “love triangle” etc. Romance, while important in life, should not be at the forefront of every single story. I’ve been hearing about many YouTubers and reviewers that truly appreciate books that have more focus on: friendship, family, sisterhood, etc. Every YA fantasy does not need a love interest! Just have them be allies and fight together, or at least friends. Having so much romance in YA can have negative perceptions on real life for teen readers if they read too much of it. I do like a positive relationship and all that, but it needs to be scaled down.

*I will make a whole list of books that are not focused on romance in the future so that you don’t have to get bored of YA and try books that are more of up your alley if you don’t like romance heavy books.

5. The Badass Female Trope

From Throne of Glass, This Savage Song and Truthwitch, I really think that the “badass” female is losing its appeal faster than any new Beyonce album. It’s always the same thing to me: a girl is great at fighting, has no regard for human life, is so so so pretty and gets everything she wants. She never has to fight for anything! Young girls need main characters that are different body shapes, nationalities, family backgrounds, etc. Having these awful Mary Sue characters again create negative perceptions for young readers.

*I have recommendations for this type thing. Stay tuned for a list of books that are about female characters that are not the “badass” type and are, in my opinion, better role models for young girls.

Alrighty! I know that was long, but thank you so much for sticking around this long. I know there’s so many other pet peeves that bother people. Comment below and tell me some of your thoughts about publishing trends that bug you and what you think of my choices. See you guys with a new post on Friday! 🙂

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. thebookprophet says:

    I completely agree with not having many male protagonists. There are a few I can think of, but not many (ie: Percy Jackson, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, The Maze Runner…). And I also find male protagonists less annoying… and I’m a girl which is weird but true. I get so sick of love being the main plot points of books. There is so much more you could delve into!

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    1. Right? Hopefully that will happen in the future. Yeah it’s nice to find a few that don’t focus on any romance if at all. Thanks for posting 🙂

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      1. thebookprophet says:

        No problem. Also, welcome to the blogging community!

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  2. Hi! I saw on goodreads you’re new to blogging! Great post! I agree changing covers can get annoying – although I’ve seen cases where the cover was an improvement lol! Such as the Shatter Me series. And I’m also tired of the female leads being the same character over and over again. I also agree re: fairytale retellings. However, for The Forbidden Wish I’m more lenient since it was a diverse #ownvoices book. Welcome to the book blogging world! 🙂

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    1. Right? Thanks so much for your comment! I never get why they change the covers. The UK ones never do that. We need pointers from them lol

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  3. I’m totally with you on the cover changes – especially with The Diviners – that original cover was amazing!

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    1. I know! While the second cover has nice font and a blue color, I’m hoping that the last couple books will have have better covers. I heard book three is gonna come out this year!

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  4. 0thewriter0 says:

    It’s so true that every female main character has become an exact copy of the last one… Time for either some kick ass females or men (in general like you said 😉 )

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    1. Or even different people too; people who conquer fear, etc 🙂

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  5. matxi_books says:

    I agree mostly with everything, I am still not tired of the female badass character hehe, but the rest of it yes. Plus the first point you made… I am sick of those cover changes.. they drive me nuts!!!!

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    1. I know…and they know that people don’t like them. They gotta listen lol

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      1. matxi_books says:

        Well, I am pretty sure they do it on purpose… That way you end up buying more copies ust for them to sync… I don’t know, maybe that’s just me!haha

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      2. Definitely could be a reason. So I just get library books and wait to see if I like it before buying it and stuff

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      3. matxi_books says:

        That’s a very smart approach!!

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