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The planned-market book - YA fantasy and SF
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The planned-market book
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luminousmarble From: luminousmarble Date: August 2nd, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
My first, gut-level reaction to this was that I'm not sure I care; it's what on the page, no matter who writes it, that pulls me in. I read a lot of Orson Scott Card, for example, even though he turns me off as a person. I realize that tie-ins and seris--and heck, all sorts of things--might be ghost-written. That said, I reserve the right to think about this for the afternoon and decide I've changed my mind. ;) And I just might, because I have these high-falutin' ideas about books being somehow apart from gross over-commercialization, and being art, even though I recognize that sales drive the ability to have art.

Now that I've given myself a moral headache, I also have to admit that I don't read a lot of the YA stuff that looks like chick lit. I'm curious if you find that teens like the books you've references as much as other, single-author types of books. Did they hit their mark, so to speak? Or is the books' popularity just hype?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 2nd, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
The mundanefic, like many other romance sorts of things, tends to go in faddish waves. Sisterhood was wildly popular a couple of years ago, but no one's asked for it for a while. Gossip Girl, same deal. I can't say they behave any differently from trendy books written by single authors. (Actually, the Sisterhood books are from single author Ann Brashares, but the concept was brainstormed by the company prior to writing, rather than the usual process of an author writing a book and a company looking for a book that met its perceived needs.)

The sf/f? As far as I can see, it follows the same pattern as everything else in the genre; either it catches or it doesn't. When it catches, it's a long-term thing. Weeding in SF/F is a cosmic adventure, because people are as likely to read an sf/f book written twenty or fifty years ago as they are to read one written one year ago--it's just the ones that have literally just been released (or have had a new volume released) that get a popularity spike... and then settle down to their perennial levels.
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