Okay, am I the only one wondering what "The Next Big Thing" will be? I first discovered romance back in the historical heyday. Then I shifted with thousands of others to contemporary romantic comedy and chick lit. When Time Travels first appeared, I was mesmerized, and I was thrilled that paranormal went on to become huge.
So you don't think I am a total camp follower, there have been a few trends I just didn't get. I sampled a few romantic suspense novels during their first appearance in the limelight, but, even though I like straight suspense and love mysteries, something about the mix didn't pull me in enough to search them out. Ditto for modern heros with jobs like pilot or any variety of police enforcement/investigation. And well, erotica isn't my cup of tea. In fact a lot of the stories just billed as super sexy are a little boring to me--but maybe that's another blog.
Anyway, here we sit. The only things getting big buzz seem to be super sexy up to and including erotica, and paranormal, mainly dark. How long can these trends last? And what will push them off their pedestals? Anybody who has been watching this longer than me have a clue? A guess even? And what pushes the reigning trend off its throne? Is it a new hot movie or TV show that uncovers a hidden passion in romance readers everywhere? Or is it just complete overkill (jumping the shark) of the current Queen of the genre? Do we ever go backwards--could cowboys hit it big again? Or Vikings? (I have to admit a weakness for a good Viking tale.) Maybe a new mix--Space bound Cowboys (along the lines of the Firefly series). Or Gothic Chick Lit. (someone please write one of those--I've got to read it.) Or maybe Kick Ass Heroine Regencies. (Serve your own d@mn tea.)
Whatcha think? You can tell me...