Imaginative Discussion: Are Fantasy Books the IN thing for Young Adult and WHY?

Posted April 18, 2016 by Maryam in Imaginative Discussions, Maryam / 7 Comments

Imaginative Discussions

HIYA I’m back with another discussion! It’s been quite awhile since I posted a discussion topic on Great Imaginations, or rather anything for that matter. I’ve been busy with the start of school, but I promise you, I’m back for good now.

Anyway, have you noticed lately how fantasy books have been popping up more and more in the world of Young Adult? I have. It would be pretty obvious for me, since I’m constantly on the lookout for more fantasy books, but woah, it seems like they’re EVERYWHERE these days. You walk past a whole shelf of books without seeing at least, and I say AT LEAST,  ten fantasy books on that shelf. Well, unless you’re someone who really doesn’t like fantasy books and hence, would not have any or much on your shelves.

But yes, there’s been an increase in the fantasy books and I have the evidence right here, taken from Goodreads Listopia.

UntitledAnd yes, before y’all nag at me, I know that it said EPIC fantasy, but that’s the point! If the fantasy books that are considered EPIC have amounted to 66, then imagine how much would it be if we added in those unpopular fantasy books that come out in 2016. These are just obviously rough estimations, but you can see that there has been a major influx in the fantasy genre, especially for Young Adults.

What I wanted to discuss today is the reason behind it.

WHY? WHY ARE FANTASY BOOKS SUDDENLY BECOMING MORE POPULAR? I mean, there has even been more fantasy bestselling books, or well-known books, like Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series and also Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy. With that said, we are here to get behind the possible reasons as to why there’s been an increase in fantasy books. Don’t get me wrong though, I have nothing against them. This is just mere curiosity.

Hence, I have managed to brainstorm (while doing Mathematics  assignments, shhhh) and came up with TWO different reasons for this peculiar thingiesh that seems to only be happening in the Young Adult world. And I’m speaking the truth, because most Adult/New Adult books tend to lean towards the Contemporary/Romance side.

1

This is by far, the BEST reason that I thought of, so it shall be the first one MUEHEHEHE. Ahem. Anyway, yes, the first reason is that authors, and aspiring authors, have a whole load more of creativity juices in their brain. BUT I’m definitely not saying that other genre authors do not have creativity, I’m just saying that fantasy genre authors have MORE of it. And this is not to offend anyone, but if I did so, I apologize profusely. I am merely stating a fact that I see in today’s society. People these days tend to love anything and everything fantasy. Why? Because we’re letting our creativity flow. Suddenly, worlds that didn’t used to be possible are coming to life right before our very eyes (in books, of course). But that’s the thing: our minds has expanded. We want MORE than just pure logic. We want something that cannot be explained. Magic. Dragons. Flying cats. Unicorns. A world where we can learn spells instead of just English, UGH. But anyway, yeah, you feel me? I think each and every one of us has more things to say, more worlds to create, and that resulted in the increase in fantasy genres.

2

Popularity? Maybe. And yes, I’m not afraid of saying this, but have we ever thought that with the increase of creativity, we young readers would LOOOOVE more fantasy books too? And with the increase in demand, of course there should be an increase in supply. And with that comes in the money, money, moneeeeey~

Okay, fine, it’s not really about the money. BUT how about the fame? The awards? I mean, admit it, sometimes even I wish I could write a fantasy genre such that it MIGHT have a chance to be on the bestselling NYT list someday. Unfortunately, I have horrible writing skills. BUT HONESTLY, as much as most of the people out there are like, WHUT NUUUUUUUU, it has crossed your mind too, no? Like I said, I’m not doing this to degrade anyone, and I honestly do not find any fault in going along with this motivation. I mean, it’s exactly like me aiming to do well to go into the university. So, don’t fret, and just keep on giving us those fantasy books.

And so, those are my reasons as to why there’s a high supply of fantasy books, though I AM NOT COMPLAINING. KEEP ‘EM COMING, PEOPLE. It’s just something that I’ve been wondering about, and I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on it too.

Why do you think there’s an increase in fantasy books, especially in the Young Adult world? Do you agree with my reasons, or do you disagree?

MaryamSig_Purple

7 responses to “Imaginative Discussion: Are Fantasy Books the IN thing for Young Adult and WHY?

  1. Susan Schab

    I agree. Some authors are writing alternative history. I have bought the books but at least here, they just sit on the shelf waiting for someone to read them.
    I do have teens looking for realistic fiction. Poor souls, not a lot of good realistic fiction being currently released.
    A few but the percentage is low.

  2. They sure are popular, the vamps of today. But most seem to be similar, and they are just spitting out new books and forgetting worldbuilding and inserting a love triangle and calling it a day

  3. Hmm I see your point there, and they possibly may (or may not) be the reason on the sudden trend of YA Fantasy. I’m an avid lover of the genre myself, and I think I’ve grown to appreciate YA Fantasy more than any other genre is because of the world building (staring at those maps just gives me happiness, you know?) and the plot. Fantasy books are usually more action-packed and gives a much higher risk to the hero/ine’s life than other genres (not that I like reading protagonists die, though… sort of. *looks away*). Plus, it usually includes fictional species (such as faeries or warlocks or magicians, or a whole new original species entirely) that are fun to get to know and read about.

    So… those are my reasons, and maybe other Fantasy lovers might agree with me on it. Then again, I’m sure others have their own reasons for loving the genre. 🙂 Great post, Maryam!
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  4. I do agree with you. I have noticed such an influx of fantasy books being punished this year and I am not complaining. I do think maybe your reason #1 has some truth to it. If the book is contemporary, I feel the authors get a lot of grief if things aren’t realistic enough (with good reason). But in a fantasy world, all bets are off. Sure, you still want to make the characters’ motivations and the world make sense. But if things aren’t super realistic, they get more leeway. This is a great post.
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  5. Fantasy is my favorite genre, both in YA and adult lit. I think it’s because I read to escape. I want to get lost in the book, the characters and the world. I want to see the possibilities of life, and the what wonders creativity can bring to us. That’s why I love fantasy so much. There are alternate worlds to completely lose yourself in. And if I’m having a bad day, the last thing I want to do is read a realistic book about another person having an even worse day. I do still like realistic fiction, and mysteries and contemporaries and so on. Yet I love fantasy most.

    Great discussion! I’m over the moon that fantasy is becoming more popular and published in YA -and more talked about in the blogging community.
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  6. You’re absolutely right — fantasy YA is everywhere, but I haven’t jumped on the bandwagon. I think bc of the very fact that it’s everywhere, I’m only seeing a select few titles, that I’ve grown tired of seeing even before reading them. I dunno, over hyped things tend to turn me off things

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