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.
And 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.
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.
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?