Hark! A post on actual writing topical-ness! Let angels sing!
Or you know, not. Whichever.
So I was musing on trendiness the other day. Or this morning. It was one of the two. I'm not the best at keeping track of time. Anyways, I was thinking about the whimsy of trends in general, and publishing trends specifically. What's hot and what's not, and for however long that lasts. Vampires and werewolves and paranormal romance are all the rage these days, urban fantasy's not going anywhere any time soon, but then I got more specific then that. To the really niche genres, and I started wondering where these trends come from, what about them appeals to audiences and writers alike.
For instance - the punks. Cyberpunk, and of late, steampunk and clockpunk. I have to be honest, I don't get them. Oh don't get me wrong, I have nothing against them, I've enjoyed many of them - but they deliberately evoke such a specific tone that I read them and wonder - what it is about our current zeitgeist that yearns for THIS tone, right here, right now? Why has steampunk latched onto the writer/reader mindset so much more deeply than any of the other experimental genre-bending books of years past? I don't know that there is an answer, its just something I've been pondering. Are you pondering what I'm pondering?
I'm sorry. See? The Animaniacs references, they just slip out whether I want them to or not.
Anyone have any specific trends from decades past that they miss and would like to see make a comeback? I've got to admit I was a big fan of the seventies/eighties trend of fantasy/sci-fi blends. The sci-fi books that came across as fantasy, or else fantasy with sci-fi explanation and world building at their core. Janny Wurts, Roger Zelazny, Riverworld, etc. Again, I have no idea what it was about that particular trend that latched on and produced so many derivative works, or what about them appealed to me so much, but there it is. And you all? Or else any trends you'd really LIKE to see catch on? Maybe trends in your own work!