#WW 2016 YA Reading Predictions

23 Dec

As the year comes to an end, readers are looking forward to new releases in 2016…and authors are nervous about all the predictions coming out. (Come on, I know I’m not the only one.) I’ve already read a few myself—and they ALWAYS freak me out. So what better way to combat them than by joining in on the fun?

These are just my silly predictions for 2016. Basically, I’m just having fun! (And I hope you have fun too.) A slight disclaimer: if you’re an author, please don’t be discouraged if you don’t meet my “predictions.” I mean, I have two dystopian novels coming out in 2016, despite my predictions being against it, so trust me, I don’t think any sort of predictions should stop anyone from publishing what they’re publishing. In fact, I think predictions can be rather silly. Readers pick what’s hot and what’s not. Not publishers, not authors, not booksellers. Readers do.

This is just for fun.

Without further ado…

Alternate History: Personally—and I know I’m not of the popular opinion—I think 2016 will become the year of alternate history books. This sort of ties into other dimensions, which is the next sub-genre I want to discuss, but I’m seeing a huge growth in alternate history books stretching over numerous genres, which is why I think it’s so powerful. You can have an alternate history in sci-fi—think Man in the High Castle, which has just become an Amazon original (and is awesome by the way) about the Nazis winning WWII—and then think of steampunk or historical romance, where we have books like The Inventor’s Secret, in which the American Revolution never happened. Granted, these could just be “other dimensions,” but I had to separate them from the next topic, because these alternate history tales aren’t always explained by alternate dimensions; they simply can just be. If I had to get specific, I think this will get hugely popular around the fall season…or even move into 2017, especially if steampunk is involved. Either way, alternate history can thread itself into all genres seamlessly…including what I think will be the biggest trend: Other dimensions.

Dimensions: This is the MAIN one I see growing. Other dimension stories—like Trial by Fire or A Thousand Pieces of You—are continuing their trilogies, and from what I’ve noticed in the industry, when books get to their final pieces, that’s when the genre is at its hottest, so you might be looking at 2017, too. Ex. Winter in The Lunar Chronicles and Ensnared in Splintered—the last in their series—just released in the same year fairy tale retellings were HUGE. So, if your book includes other dimensions, readers might be fighting for it in 2016 and 2017. That being said, I HAVE to tackle fairy tale retellings…

Fairy tale retellings: Can we talk about this without someone getting upset with me? Many are claiming this is going to be the hottest genre in 2016, but I’ll tell you what…I’m a bit tired of them. I love them; please don’t get me wrong. In fact, I just finished Winterspell by Claire Legrand, and it was one of my favorite reads all year. (It’s a retelling of The Nutcracker.) I just think that I’m ready for something else, so this is probably biased, but I actually think readers are going to sway away from fairy tale retellings by the time we get halfway through 2016. I think 2015 was the year for fairy tales. I mean, I just went to the bookstore the other day, and EVERYTHING was a fairy tale retelling. There was a glass slipper or an apple on nearly every cover. It was exhausting. I like variety as much as the next person. So, while I love fairy tales—and I definitely think they are still going to do great—I don’t think they are going to be the star of the show like they were last year.

Here are five books I'm looking forward to that already have covers!

Here are five 2016 books I’m looking forward to that already have covers! (The cover for The Winner’s Kiss will now keep the original design for the hardback! So excited!) 

In a quick sum up, I think aliens/galaxy novels are growing, especially at the beginning of the year with the release of The 5th Wave movie (and the last book in the trilogy releasing, The Last Star). I also don’t think dystopian is going away at all, despite big publishers claiming they are, hence why Lionsgate is hoping to continue The Hunger Games franchise with prequels. (Here’s an article.) There’s still value in the genre—probably because of the state of the world—but I do see dystopian swinging more into books that combine dystopian elements with epic fantasy, meaning it’s an entirely new world separated from our world. Think of The Jewel by Amy Ewing (Her last book in this trilogy should release in 2016 as well). Basically, not “the US once existed, but now it doesn’t” dystopian, but rather “this is a brand-new world with dystopian governments doing terrible things.” This also means I’m seeing more epic fantasy in general. New world, new rules, new faces, new creatures, and of course, maps. So many more maps! Think of The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. If you have a map in the front of your book, you’re doing 2016 right.

And finally…covers: I can’t talk about books without talking about book covers. From what I can tell, fancy fonts and symbolism is the “in” thing, especially feathers. Has anyone else noticed that? Feathers are freakin’ everywhere. Girls in dresses are somehow staying popular, and despite the overload of them, I think they’re here to stay. People love them too much. (I mean, they are gorgeous, aren’t they?) I have a hate-love relationship with them myself. But—yes—I think 2016 will be the year of symbols on the cover rather than people. That and hand-painted designs. Anything with special graphics, unique fonts, and/or strange artwork will be grabbed off shelves for their looks.

So, what do you think?

Any genre you see growing? Any genre you see simmering down?

Again, these are just my silly little predictions. Nothing too serious.

Just have fun,

~SAT

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6 Responses to “#WW 2016 YA Reading Predictions”

  1. Charles Yallowitz December 23, 2015 at 5:25 am #

    I’ll admit I skimmed through at first to see if fantasy was mentioned. Weird that the type people like now focus more on politics, so the quest-based stories are kind of in the background. Not sure I have much in the way of predictions though. I could see YA cooling off a bit since there aren’t any big series that are continuing on the central public eye. Have to agree about the alternate history path, which seems to be steadily growing. Makes me wonder if we need to look at TV and movies to get a sense of what books will be popular.

    Next year is going to be huge with superhero movies, which could end up breaking that genre. I think we have Deadpool, Suicide Squad, Batman v. Superman, Captain America: Civil War, and X-Men Apocalypse. Seems like an insane amount of comic movies, which makes me consider over-saturation. Kind of happened to YA when Hunger Games arrived and set off a ton of other YA movies/shows. This could end up leading to another genre rising to the top of popularity. I’d actually go with more realistic, human adventure stories to counter the superhuman tales we’ll be bombarded with. Kind of like a pendulum swinging toward the other side.

    • Shannon A Thompson December 23, 2015 at 5:09 pm #

      I might have different predictions for adult genres, but these were specifically YA genres. That being said, I definitely think alternate history is huge everywhere, which is why I think it’s so powerful and gaining so much momentum so quickly. Does make you think TV might actually know what’s up sometimes. Normally, I would say it was the opposite, but lately, I think movies (specifically Lionsgate) and TV (like Amazon Prime) have been listening to their viewers rather than trying to predict viewership.
      ~SAT

      • Charles Yallowitz December 23, 2015 at 5:33 pm #

        I’ve been wondering about that. Not sure if TV is listening to viewers or it’s influencing the book market. Just thinking of how you have a popular movie or TV show that is based of a series then similar series get a boost.

  2. Lisa Orchard December 23, 2015 at 8:07 am #

    It’ll be interesting to see what actually happens next year. I think some of your predictions are spot on. 🙂

    • Shannon A Thompson December 23, 2015 at 5:10 pm #

      It always is interesting to see what plays out! We all know it can’t be predicted 100%. It takes that one book to change everything, after all. Still fun to guess. 🙂 Maybe I should come back to this post at the end of next year and see how close I got. Make it a funny tradition.
      ~SAT

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