Hello everyone and welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday.
Today’s topic is book trends we’re tired of, and this could be one of those lists that is a mile long. However, there are only 5 so hopefully that will stop me ranting too much.
Let’s get to it:
1. Girls faces/profiles on covers.
I don’t know what it is with this trend, especially in regards to YA paranormal romance but it is one that is getting out of control. It’s rather generic and I doubt it wouldn’t be too much of a challenge to find an overarching detail that would make good cover art.
2. The constant need for romance, especially in YA Contemporary.
I know I’ve mentioned this before but one thing I have come to really dislike about YA Contemporaries is this trend that most books need a romance, or the boy next door, to make the story move forward. It doesn’t sit well with me and it has become so prevalent that I no longer pick up any books of this genre. It’s not always a bad thing but I would like YA authors to realise that not every teenager or young adult is obsessed about romance.
3. The need for expanding series.
And by this I mean adding a new series into a world already imagined i.e. Shadowhunters, Harry Potter etc. Whilst I do often like seeing a different side to a world , especially Shadowhunters, it is growing to the extent that it is out of control. It has got to the point where we think, when is it going to end? I’m going to keep on with Shadowhunters here but as much as I love the world, I want to see Cassadra Clare write a completely different book. If an author keeps to the same series, it is as if they have got too comfortable and they’re not willing to step into another world and explore that instead. This is where I love VE Schwab because she has books that are all a part of entirely different series and it is a real breath of fresh air.
4. Paperbacks of the same series published at different heights.
The one example I’ve got is my set of the Grisha trilogy. Ruin and Rising is at least an inch or so taller than Shadow and Bone & Ruin and Siege and Storm.
I don’t understand it. If I had the Grisha trilogy in the middle of my bookshelf, the height of Ruin and Rising would drive me crazy. Although saying that, the one that does drive me a little up the wall is my edition of City of Heavenly Fire – it is so much bigger (in height) compared to the rest of my Mortal Instruments. On the plus side though, it means the font is bigger and I can’t really complain about that.
5. Small fonts, especially in fantasy books.
Do all the editors and publishers think that every reader has 20/20 vision? I pick up a lot of high fantasy books and I am instantly put off by the fact I would have difficulty reading the text for a long period of time. Granted I can solve this problem by using my kindle but it is still annoying.
And that is that.
There were more but of course I didn’t want to be ranting for too long.
Which trends are you tired of?
Thanks for reading and have a good day!