This week topic is: trends I’m tired of seeing. This topic is actually about trends I’m tired of seeing in publishing world, but then I decided to just write about everything bookish related that I’m tired of seeing/hearing.
Rating books before they are even released
Just… don’t. I know that when your favorite author released a book, you know it’s going to be a 5 stars you you rated it even though it’s not going to be out yet in 93486349813 years. BUT you don’t know what’s inside! What if the plot and characters are dull? What if there’s problematic aspect to the story? What if it’s dissapointing? Like Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven, people were giving it 1 star rating before it was released because it’s “problematic” summary, and yet those same people actually give the book 4 or 5 stars after reading the book.
Bare-chested man on the cover
This is honestly one of my pet-peeve on cover. Like why? Can’t you get some other things to represent the story inside the book without the bare-chested man? I mean, sure they are hot. But seeing a shelf full of bare-chested men on bookstore can be off-putting.
Maybe it’s just me, but I’m so done with Dystopian. The plot is basically the same: mc live in this world where the society is divided -> the people are poor, but the government or some group in society are properous -> something happened, our mc is the chosen one to lead the rebellion -> people wins. It also comes with a trope known as special snowflake. I’m fine if the authors can put a new spin on it, like maybe surprise surprise, our hero turns out to be the villain and after destroying the government they rule with iron fist, leading to second rebelion or stuff. The thing is, not many authors put twist in it and the genre becomes very generic.
Attacking people for voicing their opinions
I joined book twitter last year because it sounds fun connecting with other bloggers and talk about books in normal conversation. Well guess what? Everytime I logged in there’s always people that are pissed and attacking each other.
This needs to stop. People have different opinions and if you don’t agree with theirs, you can mention them directly instead of sub-tweeting them and offend others. Also, it’s called opinions instead of facts for a reason: everyone has one and entitled to it. Not every opinion are good, and they might not be “right” in your view, but that doesn’t make the other person a villain of the story.
Stop attacking people for voicing their opinions. Stop easily pointing fingers calling others racist, homophobic, etc for voicing their opinions. Stop for a moment, think, and try to understand other’s pov before talking to them.
Using diversity as a token in books instead of actually representing it
I noticed this trend a lot lately. We cried for more diversity, authors created more books with diversity. Sadly, some of them still used diversity as some kind of token or checkboxes to get their books hyped and published like LOOK THIS BOOK HAS [INSERT DIVERSITY THEME HERE]!!!! You know, like making the characters blind but they’re perfectly aware of their surroundings and not even once tripped. Have chronic illness to create sad romance to find magic cure (or worse, not truly sick) at the end of the book.
Authors, please stop. We readers know when are you writing for token and publicity and not actually trying to represent the group.
What trends are you tired of seeing?