Raising the Stakes – More Vampires in YA Fiction?

Whenever I had visited the local bookshop these past few months (okay, Big W, I admit I’m cheap), I would be dismayed at the sight of so many paranormal romances within the Young Adult section. Back in July, after reading the discussion post on Wonderous Reads Are You Over Paranormal YA? it made me consider my options as a writer of the paranormal. Here’s some of what people had to say:-

  • Young adults are becoming tired of paranormal romances.
  • Young adults might want paranormal, but no more vampires, werewolves, fairies. (Note to self: what other paranormal is there?)
  • Young adults would like to see paranormal from the viewpoint of different countries.
  • Young adults want strong female protagonists (think Hunger Games).
  • Fantasy and horror genres may be the next big ‘thing’.

Now, admittedly this is just a handful of people’s opinions (with some handy information for a writer), however, it made me wonder that perhaps my very own YA vampire novel would have to remain in the bottom drawer for many years yet. Then came the announcement of a teenage writer landing a six-figure deal for a vampire story. Was it right or wrong in believing that readers were ‘over’ vampire stories?

Considering the positives of this announcement it is good news for writers in the paranormal/horror genre.  It gives new writers the opportunity to get published.  As writers, we need to come up with new ideas, as clearly evidenced by the reader’s comments.  With genres becoming more and more intertwined, the possibilities are becoming limitless.

When Harry Potter was released, there was a surge in the popularity of fantasy fiction, which was good news for fantasy writers.  Like everything else, trends come and go, and when it is the time for our chosen genre we just have to ride it out, until it is some other genre’s turn.  We write in our chosen genres because we love it, not because we want to write whatever is popular and this passion will come through in our writing.  Ever since the publication of Dracula back in 1897, vampires have stayed in the public’s imaginations, so they will always be a part of our psyche. They have evolved over the years because there were writers who were willing to do that for them.

I’m prepared to raise the stakes and breathe life in my vampire novel once again – are you?

Are you over paranormal for young adults? Do you see this announcement as good news for the future of the horror/paranormal genre? What do you see as being the next ‘trend’ in young adult fiction?

Image by Debbie Johansson.

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5 thoughts on “Raising the Stakes – More Vampires in YA Fiction?

  1. I’ve been avoiding the YA section lately because of all the paranormal. If I see one more pretty girl or pretty boy on the covers of the YA books I think I may need to hurl. It’s becoming really boring, and most plots revolve around the basic idea of girl/boy helps the love of their life and save the world. Honestly I like vampires, but they’ve been so butchered recently that I dare not pick up any vampire novel currently in the market. It’s pretty sad. =[

    1. Hi Zen. I know exactly where you’re coming from. I might pick up a new book in the genre, but put it back when the plot sounds like something that has been done before. I’m over faeries and teens with special powers! I’d like to see something different within this genre as well as seeing different genres for young adults. Vampires have been overdone, but I really like vampires too, so I’m feeling a bit torn about more vampire stories. My own vampire story may never see the light of day (no pun intended) as it needs plenty of tinkering, but at the moment I don’t mind – as an unpublished author I could certainly do with the practice! It may even lead to something else altogether different. Thanks for your comments Zen. 🙂

  2. Nothing is ever really dead so long as it can be treated in fresh new ways–just look at the sookie stackhouse novels!

    1. Hi Jackie. I agree with you. It’s always good to see new ideas on things that have been done before; this just helps ensure it’s longevity. Funnily enough, I’ve never read any of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, nor watched any of True Blood. They’re still sitting on my ‘to do’ list! Thanks for your comments. 🙂

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