Top Ten Publishing Trends I'd Like To See Less Of
1. Headless Men on Romance Covers: What is up with this? It's creepy and by now predictable.
2. "Twilight Inspired" Covers: Okay, I loved Twilight, but come on, I'm over the red flowers, the moons, and ribbons on covers. Try to be creative and branch out.
3. Formula Books: Things are getting a little predictable out there. I'm reading reviews and people are honestly saying that for example a novel is only a romance if two people meet, there is no love triangle (because that is just trashy), and they live happily ever after. I'm sorry, am I the only one that read Gone With The Wind?
4. Dog Books: Okay, Marley and Me was a fun read and I love my dogs, but enough already!
5. The Disappearance of the Literary Magazine: It's not really a book thing, but in a way it is because so many authors get their start in little known literary magazines.
6. Arguments Over What Classifies as Literature: Who cares? We are a nation that is breeding non-readers. My seven year old reads books about magic ponies and kittens and Harry Potter. Is it literature? No, but she's reading. We need to just get over ourselves. Reading is supposed to be fun.
7. The Overly Happy Ending: I can love a book all through the read and the author can kill it at the end if they pull the overly happy ending where everything is tied up in a neat little bow. Not EVERYONE in a book needs to be happy at the end or even acknowledged.
8. Gun Over the Fireplace: Metaphorically speaking if you put a gun over the fireplace, use it! I hate it when an author keeps mentioning something like a necklace or a strange shopkeeper, but then never does anything with it.
9. Characters Whine: I'm not talking about depressed characters or deep characters. I'm talking about characters that just whine and never DO anything to change their situation.
10. Rules: Okay, who says vampires can't come out during the day, that they can't sparkle, or that a boy wizard can't attend school with girls (would they be witches or wizards?) It's FICTION people. The fun of fiction is to make stuff up. Are we really going to argue that it is against the natural law for a vampire (keep in mind these don't really exist) to come out in the daylight? OMG! Find something else to fuss over.