4 new trends for YA novels

Vampires? Check. Zombies? Been there. Werewolves? Done that. For the last decade, young adult literature has enjoyed an extended moment in the sun thanks to the popularity of magic-, vampire-, and fantasy-filled hits like “Harry Potter,” “Twilight,” and “The Hunger Games.” But after a decade-long run, we’re suspecting readers may be tiring of the magic spells, death matches, and dystopian plotlines. “Dystopia is pretty much dead,” literary agent Barry Goldblatt said in an earlier Monitor post on the next chapter in YA Lit, “After dystopia, what next?”

So what is next in young adult lit? For publishers, that is – literally – the million dollar question. Fortunately for us, the folks at Bookish have proposed four possibilities for the next big thing in YA lit – an early look at what might just be the next hot thing to hit shelves and bestseller lists.

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'Divergent,' the film adaptation of Veronica Roth's bestselling dystopian young adult novel, stars Shailene Woodley (l.) and Theo James (r.).

1. A future devoid of love

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Bookish editor Kelly Gallucci foresees a trend of “loveless futures,” piggybacking off dystopian themes, in which love is the enemy in future societies which concoct inventive ways to suppress the emotion.

“Now an enemy, 'love' becomes a foreign concept, and these dark futures have a variety of solutions for eradicating the organic emotion: computer generated ideal mates, elaborate courting ceremonies, and (gulp) extraction,” Gallucci writes. “These books take 'first love' to the next level with teenagers discovering the forbidden emotional and fighting to keep it alive.”

This theme combines the recent theme of dystopian societies with the timeless theme of love, injecting both with fresh appeal.

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