I was at a conference last autumn where an editor said that by the time a book trend makes it down to picture books, it's over in YA and MG. One example of this is the vampire trend - it had its day in YA with TWILIGHT, and now that you can pick up a few cute vampire picture books, YA has moved on to Dystopian and Sci-Fi.
So, I'm wondering what you all think of the trend patterns of books-to-screen. Does having a book serialized in a TV show extend the trend? Or maybe it highlights a coming trend? Or maybe it heralds the coming end of a trend? Is there any correlation at all?
There are a lot of modern takes on fairy tales making it onto the screen out there these days: on TV we have Grimm on Friday nights on NBC and Once Upon a Time on Sunday nights on ABC, and later this year we'll be treated to not one, but TWO different takes on Snow White in movie theatres across North America. This comes after a slew of movies offering their own spin on Little Red Riding Hood, the brothers Grimm, and all things fairy tale.
And of course, there's the dystopian trend we've all been hearing has been saturated. We have The Hunger Games coming out this weekend: will this jumpstart another wave of demand for dystopia?
So, what does it mean? Is it the beginning for these types of stories? The end? Or somewhere in the middle? While it's true that writing to a trend is a foolhardy proposition, for those of us with a manuscript or two in a drawer, it might be worth thinking about.