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Brain Picking: Hot New Trends and Writers

This coming Monday, I'm doing a presentation for a group of Michigan Librarians entitled "Beyond Sparkly Vampires: Hot New Writers and Trends in Science Fiction and Fantasy". I have a little over an hour to try to introduce these people to the popular subgenres and up-and-coming writers.

I've got a rough outline put together with some names and titles already. However, the LJ brain collective is vast, with far more knowledge and memory than any single drone, so I figured I'd open this up and ask for suggestions.

Topics I'm planning to touch on include:

  • Series vs. Standalones (with the series still coming in as the most popular)

  • Young Adult
  • (still huge)
  • Media Tie-ins
  • (movies, TV, video games ... look at Buckell's latest Halo novel)
  • Urban Fantasy
  • (both serious and not-so-serious ... and yes antonstrout, I'm planning to mention you)
  • Paranormal Romance
  • (and possibly a few other "boundary-blurring" categories)
  • Nonwhite/Nonmale/Nonstraight Protagonists (don't know if this is a trend, but it's something I want to talk about)
My questions for the group mind:

1. What hot books/writers would you suggest including as examples for these categories?
2. What hot new trends am I missing? (Aside from the were-jaguars)

Thanks in advance.

I love events like this. They invited me as a Michigan author to come speak to a room full of librarians. And then they're going to pay me for my time? Gosh, let me think about it.

I did set a rule for myself, though. The obvious temptation is to tell all of these wonderful librarians about ME and MY BOOKS and GO BUY THEM NOW NOW NOW! So I figure I'll introduce myself as a local author, give a little bit of my background and credentials (i.e., why the heck should they listen to me), and then say right up front that I'm not going to talk about my books until the final five minutes. I figure a five minute indulgence in a 75-minute presentation is reasonable, and it lets me shut off that sales/publicity part of my brain for the other 70 minutes.

Tune in tomorrow for a Very Special Episode of LJ, as Jim finally confronts his parentheses addiction. (Or maybe not...)

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Apr. 23rd, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
For YA female readers you might mention Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires series.

For YA male, hate to say this, but the Goblin books are the first ones to come to mind...obviously a gap in my reading...

Apr. 23rd, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
::Grin:: I'll be mentioning my books in the five-minute wrap-up at the end, but I'll be sure to add that they're boy-friendly as well.
Apr. 23rd, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
Joseph Delaney's Last Apprentice Series is also very good for boys.

Jim Hines' Goblin Books would be good for boys. You can include that reference early now, because a PhD says so. That sort of thing impresses the natives. ;P
City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau is good for both genders.

If you're interested in more fan fiction action around Cassandra Clare et al, I can recommend the top Potter sites (ah! the sins of my writerly youth!), but the most salient thing is that you want to encourage librarians to encourage parents to look at the fan fiction stories. Those sites often have YA inappropriate stories.

Apr. 23rd, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
I don't want to spend a lot of time talking fanfic. Mostly I just want to make sure people are aware of the fandom phenomenon, and give them a hint about what's out there. Enlightening the mundanes, or something like that :-)


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