Just before our lovely authors leave us, I thought it may be an opportunity for us, as readers, to explore a) what we dislike in YA and b) what we'd like to read about.
With the 2nd part, there may be books already out there that someone else may know about, especially our authors, so we can point you in the right direction.. or maybe we can give our authors some new ideas.
Authors, what do you think has been overdone, and what do you think are the up and coming trends in YA?
Speaking as an author, I have to agree with a lot of what people are saying here in terms of what's been overdone, particularly romance. I don't think it's romance in and of itself that's the problem, necessarily, but the type of romance--lots of Twilight-style, melodramatic, love-of-my-life kind of stuff. I'd like to see a trend towards other types of relationships, too, both friendships or romance that doesn't fit the super-dramatic Twilight mode.
I also think science fiction is an up and coming trend, since we've been doing fantasy for awhile and interest tends to swing back and forth between science fiction and fantasy. Personally, I hope space opera gets big: lots of exciting space battles and new planets and interstellar adventure! But I suppose the next big trend will likely be dictated by the next book that gets popular in the same way that Harry Potter, Twilight, and Hunger Games did. It'll be interesting to see what it is!