At my most recent Writing Popular Fiction residency, I took a class about current trends in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. We were lucky enough to have award-winning thriller writer Jonathan Maberry visit us to discuss his view on these topics, and the class turned into a fun exercise in analyzing the changing interests of readers.
While, of course, marketing trends are constantly in flux and subject to change at any moment (like, as soon as I hit Publish on this blog 😉 ), I think it’s fascinating to take a look at what is “cool” right now in fiction.
Here are some of the main points I wrote down from my notes. Readers and writers, would you agree? Is anything mislabeled? Missing altogether? What do you like to read in these genres?
- …punk (steam, bio, diesel, etc.)
- Urban Fantasy
- YA SF/F/H
- Classic science fiction
- Epic fantasies
- Sword and Sorcery (this led to debate)