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YA Indie Carnival: On the Rise…The popularity of YA fantasy

bryna butlerAuthors like me are clamoring to figure out what will be the Next BIG Thing. Therefore, this week’s topic in the YA Indie Carnival big top is “The Popularity of YA Fantasy”.

Anyone who reads industry blogs will see talk about dystopia, zombies, and urban fiction. I get it. I read the Hunger Games trilogy and thought it was fantastic. I’m not usually a fan of that desperate, violent genre, but I can see where books like HG could gain popularity – especially with the blockbuster movie coming out in March. So, I thought it curious when I received this topic that suggests that readers are looking for fantasy.

Then, I opened my eyes and looked at the clues. I had only to look at my DVR to see that two of the most popular new shows this season is Grimm and Once Upon A Time, both fitting very snugly in the realm of fantasy. I then pulled up the Teen Vogue website to see Kristen Stewart’s upcoming summer fantasy blockbuster, Snow White & the Huntsman, splashed all over it. There’s also The Hobbit movies that will start next Christmas.

I blame JK Rowling whose wizarding world bridged the generation gap and brought us all back to fantasy. While I’m not hiding a Gryffindor robe in my closet, I did make chocolate frogs for my son’s class last week and I bought Part 2 on Blu-ray the day it came out.

So folks, grab a handful of fairy dust, break out that spellbook, and give your dragon a kiss from me…it looks like Fantasy is here to stay.

See what my fellow carnival authors have to say on the subject:

1. Laura A. H. Elliott author of Winnemucca & 13 on Halloween, Book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series 2. Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3. Heather Self 4. T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series
5. Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga 6. Darby Karchut, author of GRIFFIN RISING
7. Lexus Luke 8. PJ Hoover, Author of SOLSTICE, Blogging at ROOTS IN MYTH
9. Cheri Schmidt, author of the Fateful Trilogy 10. Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog
11. K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed 12. Patti Larsen, The Hunted series and The Hayle Coven series
13. Courtney Cole, author of The Bloodstone Saga 14. Amy Maurer Jones, Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy
15. Dani Snell’s Refracted Light Reviews 16. Fisher Amelie, author of The Understorey
17. M. Leighton, Blood Like Poison Series, Madly, The Reaping 18. Abbi Glines, author of Breathe and The Vincent Boys
19. Kimberly Kinrade, Bits of You & Pieces of Me, Forbidden Mind 20. Madeline Smoot, Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls
21. Cidney Swanson, author of Rippler 22. Nicole Williams, author of Eternal Eden, Falling Eden
23. Gwenn Wright, author of Filter 24. TG Ayer
25. Melissa Pearl, author of Golden Blood 26. YA Fantasy

5 Responses to YA Indie Carnival: On the Rise…The popularity of YA fantasy

  1. LOVE that graphic. If you say you drew it I might have to kill you πŸ˜‰

  2. Patti Larsen says:

    there’s just something really cool about writing/reading about teens who are ordinary in an extraordinary way… I think it’s part of the reason! Great post–my dragon says Hi! πŸ™‚

  3. rachelcoles says:

    I could never get enough fantasy when I was in school, especially in class when I was supposed to be paying attention. Somehow I thought that the teacher couldn’t see the little paperback I always had under my desk.

    That graphic is gorgeous!

  4. OOO! I can’t wait for Snow White & The Huntsman…yes, I agree amazing graphic! I love fantasy:) *breaks open her spell book*

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