By Cori Cagide, Publicist
A recent post on Huffington Post Books had me reminiscing on some of the interesting trends I’ve witnessed in the world of books over the last year. I think we’re finally beyond vampires and werewolves, and barely made it through that random Amish vampire thriller stage that had floated around as a potential trend for 2014.
2014 seemed to be the year of books-to-movies, particularly dystopian thrillers – we had The Hunger Games 3, the first of the Divergent series and others that made it to the box office this past year and proved to be wildly successful yet again (even more of a reason for them to continue splitting up series into more and more movies to spin into cinema gold). It was also the year of short stories that help to bridge some gaps in the book, or in the case of some, keep readers from going insane until the release of the next book in the series. Veronica Roth’s Four proved to be wildly successful, and many other authors have followed suit.
We also saw a lot of political and presidential theme books, timed perfectly with the November election. It was also the year of the rising YouTube stars – Michelle Phan’s “Makeup” and Grace Helbig’s “Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grownup” were published in October. “The Pointless Book” by 21-year-old YouTube star Alfie Deyes hit shelves in September and his girlfriend and fellow YouTube celeb Zoe Sugg’s book, “Girl Online,” was published in November and became a bestseller almost instantly.
There’s plenty of books to be expected following the New Year and surrounding certain months and seasons – so those should be a given. But don’t smack your pretty little head on your keyboard from boredom yet, because here are some interesting anniversaries coming up in 2015 that you may have not known about:
-April 2015: 150th anniversary of the surrender of Robert E. Lee, beginning the end of the American Civil War
-June 2015: 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo
-June 2015: 800th (!) anniversary: Signing of the first Magna Carta
-November 2015: 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (1865)
-250th anniversary of the world’s first restaurant (Paris, France)
-5th anniversary of the world’s tallest building (Dubai, UAE)
-25th anniversary of when Nelson Mandela was freed (South Africa)
–Lord of the Rings turns 60
So, what can we expect in book publishing for 2015? According to a post by YA book blogger Lisa Parkin on HuffPost, dystopian novels and “sick lit” are out, and this is what will be in:
Crimes and Cons. Books that follow witty, thrill-seeking characters who have been lured to the bad side of the tracks looks to be an exciting trend (think Lisbeth Salander in “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”). We’ll follow these badass teens and pre-teens and watch them scheme and get away with things most adults can’t even fathom.
Retellings Continues. New twists on classic stories and fairytales. Spotlighted in this is Marissa Meyer’s “Winter,” a retelling of Snow White, which is the final book in the “Lunar Chronicles” series, whose previous books put a twist on classics like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel.
Quirky and Moving. Think of Jonathan Tropper’s “This is Where I Leave You,” “Juno,” and other quirky books that will no doubt make it to the big screen as dramedies, involving director Diablo Cody and starring Zach Braff and Ellen Page (Jennifer Lawrence if we’re really lucky).
Dealing with Loss. Piggy backing off of “sick lit,” and also in the same vein as Tropper’s bestseller, this is a much heavier theme that embraces open discussion as it relates to death, disease, suicide, fatal illnesses and coping with it.
While books by YouTube celebs (particularly those in their 20’s) will continue to be a success given their massive followings, 2015 looks to be a bit different in terms of trends in book publishing. Here’s to hoping whether you choose a trending genre or an oldie but goodie, you get the most out of your reading next year and beyond. And in case you forgot: Get ready for the slew of self-help, “new year, new you” books that will be flooding shelves in the coming months. Good luck – and be the best well-read you you can be in 2015!