Predicting trends is a marvellously interesting thing to do. In fact, it’s so stinkin’ fun that I’ve snabbled together a bunch of incredible bloggers to predict 2016’s trends with me. We are all smart and wise. Obviously our predictions are going to be excellent and perfect and wise.
I did this last year as well! And we all (helpfully) predicted — ENTIRELY DIFFERENT THINGS. I told you it was fun.
Also gargantuan thank you to all these bloggers who participated! And they all have fabulous blogs which I 100% recommend stalking. I am just sayin’.
A I N E @ W R I T I N G O N A V I N T A G E T Y P E W R I T E R
I THINK that the new trend will be epic fantasy. I HOPE that the new trend will be killer robots. Or, possibly, dragons. Don’t get me wrong, I think YA needs more epic fantasy, and I’m looking forward to the epic fantasy novels I know are coming out. But YA also needs more killer robots. And dragons. But, then, everything needs more dragons.
And, gosh, where do I start with books I’m looking forward too? I’m practically frothing at the mouth to get to Marissa Meyer’s yet-untitlted series about super heroes and super villains, as well as A Study in Charlotte and The Reader. Also Lady Midnight. And Glass Sword. I want them ALL.
A L E X A N D R A @ T W I R L I N G P A G E S
Z O E @ S T O R I E S O N S T A G E
B I E K E @ I S T Y R I A B O O K B L O G
2015 was a great year for contemporary and fantasy, but contemporary really stood out because of the sheer amount of diverse books that released. I think I’ve read a book with just about every letter from LGBTQIA in it in some way, which is all kinds of awesome of course. But if I had to predict which genre will be biggest in 2016, I have to say YA Fantasy, even though there are a ton of contemporary books releasing that I’m so excited for. But when I look at my ARC pile and the books on my waiting-for-list, Fantasy is the clear winner.
There are a ton of YA Fantasy books releasing and all of them are pretty different. There are a couple that mix fantasy with science fiction and historical fiction, all of them sounding awesome. So if I had to choose the ones I’m excited for, outside the obvious choices of Queen Schwab’s books, I’d say Nevernight by Jay Kristoff because HI IT’S JAY FREAKING KRISTOFF OKAY. And of course Truthwitch by Susan Dennard because it was compared to Avatar: The Last Airbender, which is all kinds of awesome. So there. Here’s hoping I haven’t jinxed the success of YA Fantasy this year.
M I S H M A @ C H A S I N G F A E R Y T A L E S
I personally think that 2016 is going to be a year of pirates, sea travels and ships – and I mean the literal ones. I am saying this mostly based on the 2016 releases we know of so far, which consisted of a strikingly noticeable number of books which contains the trope. While Truthwitch, The Girl From Everywhere, Passenger, Unhooked and Blackhearts not only are examples for this new trend, they also proudly display ships of various kinds on their covers, and their blurbs hint sea travels. Plus, anyone who peeked into the first two chapters of A Gathering of Shadows would also know that the book is undeniably Lila’s story – an aspiring pirate in the first book – and the story actually starts with pirates.
I also have a feeling that 2016 is a year for more diversity in the ethnicity side, which is amazing! While 2015 opened the way to a lot of books about mental health, a lot of 2016 releases are ethnically diverse. The Star Touched Queen is an Indian fantasy, The Crown’s Game takes place in Russia, Rebel of the Sands has a Middle Eastern touch and then we have an Aladdin retelling, The Forbidden Wish and sequel wise we have The Rose and the Dagger — a book based on Persian culture. To me, this trend is glorious, especially since most of them are fantasy books. YAY FOR DIVERSE FANTASY!!!
Oh and 2016 anticipated reads….Probably the one I am dying to read the most is This Savage Song because Victoria Schwab is my favourite author and everything she writes is marvellous. Also The Star Touched Queen, because that book is a dream come true for a South Asian like me.
L E X I E @ T H E H O N E S T B O O K C L U B
Fantasy can never really go away enough to warrant a “comeback” title, but I’m awarding it one anyway. Here, fantasy! *crowns* Welcome back! In my heavily biased opinion, 2015 has been a fantastic year (pun absolutely intended), and 2016 is looking to be even more so. The series we’ve started in 2015 should produce amazing sequels. My most anticipated book right now is Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven King. On top of that, we’re looking at some very promising new series. There’s Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, and about one billion more. My anticipated-releases list is so long, it could become a book in its own right. In Cait’s own words – HUZZAH!
Fantasy is expanding, too. With a rise in retellings, which Cait has so accurately predicted last year, we’ve seen authors embrace and explore other cultures, too. Arabic legends, in The Wrath and the Dawn, A Thousand Nights. Chinese folklore, in Soundless. And next year with Kiersten White’s Conquerors Saga joining the fray, we finally get to marry fantasy with something other than the run-of-the-mill western cultural stamp. It’s going to be a beautiful ceremony, too. I’m excited for Culturally Diverse Fantasy. And I’m praying for lots and lots of research beforehand. Also, I’m willing to mortgage my soul to whoever makes à-la-Illuminae books with unique formatting a proper trend.
E M I L Y @ L O O N Y L I T E R A T E
In 2016 I think we’re going to be seeing a lot of our good friends fantasy and contemporary. This year also seems to be the year of epic premises, like with Passenger, This Savage Song and The Girl From Everywhere. Luckily we can also expect to see lots more diversity, both with authors and their characters (I’m particularly excited for Enter Title Here, featuring protagonist Reshma Kapoor) about a girl who finds a literary agent and gets a book deal.
Retellings seem to have died off a bit, interestingly enough, and most fantasies seem to be original. Everyone is screaming about Truthwitch and I have to admit, even as a contemporary fan I’m intrigued. SPEAKING of contemporaries, this year’s contemps have more interesting premises than I’m used to seeing, like The Loose Ends List, featuring a “death with dignity” family cruise. You’ve also got books like The Square Root of Summer, featuring magical realism (which, looking at my 2016-releases shelf on Goodreads) is also something we’ll be seeing more of. I must say, it makes a nice change from “girl meets mysterious boy and falls in love. Also she probably has a terminal disease.”
S H A N N O N @ I T S T A R T S A T M I D N I G H T
C A I T @ P A P E R F U R Y
And last but not least, here is the Papery Furious opinion of your bloggish host! Although I feel like everyone has covered my predictions too. I’m going yell, quite firmly and fiercely, fantasy is on the rise! HUZZAH. It’s my favourite genre so I’m intensely partial to this oncoming trend.
And what pleases me more is that the fantasy all seems to be coming from an intensely diverse angle. I am so happy I could eat a planet. A WHOLE PLANET. Rebel of the Sands has a Middle East vibe, and The Crown’s Game is Russian, while The Rose and the Dagger is Persian.
I’m also monstrously pleased that (while it’s toned down a little after 2015) retellings are still happening! With The Forbidden Wish (Aladdin), Nora And Kettle (Peter Pan), Heartless (Alice in Wonderland), Stealing Snow (Snow White), Bright Smoke, Cold Fire (Romeo and Juliet) and Never Ever (Peter Pan) all coming to our clammy, eagerly awaiting paws.
Are your TBRs groaning under the weight of all these anticipated delicious novels?!
We’re not even sorry. Not even a little.
I know it was quite a massively long post but, we’re just all too PASSIONATE ABOUT BOOKS okay?! And someone remind me to do more collaborative posts like this in the future because it. is. fun.