You’re reading a book. It is a good story, and it has you hooked. But you feel a certain punch of deja vu while reading it. Haven't you been here before? Oh, yes you have. The setting is just like the other 50 books you have read before this one.
This week, we look at settings that would shake up the literature world and add something new and exciting to the grand Book Universe.
- More Non-Cowboy Texas Storylines – Yes, we have cowboys. But we also have some very rich culture as well.
- More Scandinavia – When people think European, the mind immediately settles on such countries such as Britain, Ireland or France. I want to see something come out of Sweden or Norway that has nothing to do with sexed up murder mysteries.
- More Dystopias set outside of the USA – I am fairly certain that the center of recovery would not be in the United States – we won’t even approve of healthcare of dying citizens.
- More Asia – Japan is awesome! But there are other areas that are lacking in the fictional universe, such as Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, etc etc. Japan sounds romantic, but it has also been a bit redundant.
- More Culture-friendly Books – There is a huge span of races and possibilities out in the world, but the fictional universe seems to be stuck on Anglo culture. The market is growing, but not fast enough. There are still about 5 to 7 books based on white culture for every 1 non-white inspired book (not actual facts, just guessing).
- More Mind-bending Fantasy - Fantasy is a great genre, and I would love to see some authors tackle a setting or certain cultures that really cause the reader to think, or adapt to the new way of thinking.
- More Genders - Wouldn't it be great to see more books tackle the gender barrier by adding in new identities? I also hardly see anyone approach the transgender, pan-gender or the asexual label in writing. I think it would be great to see someone take a dare and approach a world where the setting has a welcomed and diverse gender world-building approach. This might be a stretch, but I just wanted to put it out there for future reference.
- More Realistic Fiction - I just love realistic fiction, and I would like to see the market take a risk and try to produce something other than paranormal. Paranormal is fun, but right now, there is a whole backlog of werewolves, vampires, ghosts, etc etc etc.
- More Canadian Stories - call it envy, but I love to read about my neighbors to the north. I find stories set in Canada fascinating and quite enjoyable.
- More Vikings - You had to see that one coming.
How about you? Which trends would you like to see less of in your future reads?