It’s time for another Weekly Geeks post! This week, the team asks us to write about something creepy/weird that we’ve read lately, then express our opinion on whether or not we think more and more books are being published in this genre.
For the first part, I’ve read quite a bit like that lately. Over the month of October , I purposefully picked paranormal books to set the mood for Halloween. To name a few: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Pretty Monsters: stories by Kelly Link, and Jade Green by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (I’ve written reviews for all of these, if you’re interested). Out of that sampling, I only enjoyed The Graveyard Book, which was actually mentioned as an example in the Weekly Geeks post. I want to read more by Neil Gaiman!
For the second part of the post: Yes, I think that things are definitely getting more and more weird/creepy in the world of books. I think that the success of the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer started a snowball effect. Both new authors and published authors clamored to make a little money off the boom. Some may say it’s not so, but I’ll firmly stick to the belief. Go into just about any bookstore, and, beside all of the Twilight paraphernalia, you’ll see a shelf labeled “If you liked Twilight, you’ll also enjoy..” and stocked full of spin-offs.
Even when these new books aren’t based around vampires, the whole young adult paranormal thing is huge. Here’s some more proof: Harlequin has created a new line called Harlequin Teen, which, at the moment, consists of three paranormal books. Or how about HarperCollin’s HarperTeen, who’s home page flaunts quite a number of creepy/weird reads?
I’m not sure how long this is going to last, but I’m sure it will end some day. What will the next trend be?