I've been thinking a bit about genres and who decided what's "HOT" right now?
We all know that YA Paranormal Romance has been hot for a long time. It started with Twilight and has grown into a huge entity of lustful gazes and blood drinking boys. That seems to be petering off a little bit now and I've noticed a new breed of books emerging. YA Horror/Suspense. This makes me curious.
Is that because authors as a group have all started sending in manuscripts that coincidentally have a horror theme or do the agents/publishers get together and think about what they want to start selling next and request that genre.
I suppose the reason I've been thinking about this is because I recently finished one of my manuscripts and I was looking for a new book to start writing and I did a little research into what agents are looking for right now. I also scoured book stores and found that many of the new releases were in the Horror genre.
I picked up a new book and read it in a day. Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake.
I really enjoyed the story and found the male lead character interesting because it's so often a female lead in YA books. The cover is what made me pick up the book and the story was strong enough to keep me reading. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series - The Girl of Nightmares.
And then of course there is the "Fifty Shades" revolution which has brought erotica to the mainstream. I hear a lot of people say that this genre is on the way out but I don't think book sale figures agree with this statement.
My question is, do people just read what is HOT because they are told it's what everyone else is reading or do people stick within their favorite genres? I'm fascinated because I'm trying to decide what to write next. Personally, I usually stay within my loved sub-genres unless a book really fascinates me (like Anna Dressed In Blood). But am I alone in this?