Discussion: The Next Supernatural Creature Fad

I think we all remember the boring horror that was the vampire craze spawned by Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga.  (I still can’t get over the fact that her vampires sparkled.)  For several months you could not find a YA book that didn’t feature vampires in some way or another as every author and their dog tried to cash in on the vampire craze.

Thank goodness it’s died down to a somewhat reasonable level of late.  There have been quite a few trends since then, what with zombies, werewolves and shapeshifters.  I’m not saying trends are bad but they’re a little boring when that’s all you see on the shelves at your local bookstore.

As for the next trend, I honestly don’t have a prediction.  I think shapeshifters are relatively popular right now but there’s not as big of a market for the supernatural as there was even a year ago.  Right now it’s still all dystopia, all the time in the YA market.

Anyway, what do you guys think will be the next supernatural fad in YA?  Shapeshifting werewolves, sparkling zombies or something equally ridiculous?  I can hold out hope that authors will try to move away from European myths and draw creatures from African and Asian cultures, but that’s really quite a pipe dream.


  1. Rhea

    Angels. I think the new trend is Angels. Fallen Angels, Archangels, maybe even Cherubs (Although wow Cherub fiction will be hands down the FUNNIEST THING EVER :P).

    • Carrie Slager

      Don’t I wish! I love dragon fiction, particularly Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. I was so sad when the publishing date of the second book Shadow Scale was pushed all the way back to 2015.

  2. chettsgenie

    I’d love to see something totally different but I would guess something that’s already trended will get a new twist and become the latest craze.

    • Carrie Slager

      Probably. I’m feeling like zombies were the latest craze but I think they’ll make a comeback in a few years when someone puts a new spin on them. In times of economic hardship, studies have shown that zombies are popular, after all.

  3. carla914

    I think it will be ghosts/demon possession – someone will do some hot and sexy The Exorcist for YA with a love triangle.

  4. katherinereads

    I think it’s going to be the demons/angels battle thing that’s been around for a while. I have seen a lot of them recently, especially with the success of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter books. I just don’t know if those will transfer into film as nicely as vampires.

    • Carrie Slager

      It’s hard to say, really. I mean some things that are being transferred into film/TV now could never have been done years ago. Maybe in a couple of years we’ll see some angels/demons in theaters.

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    • Carrie Slager

      I’ve seen a lot of mermaid books in the past few months but I’m sorry to report that none of them were anywhere near decent. 🙁

      Although, Captivate by Vanessa Garden was quite good. It’s not a mermaid story but it takes place underwater!

      • ldt9

        I’ll have to check that out. The few mermaid things I’ve read have all been directed at a younger age group, I think. They were a bit tweeny.

        • Carrie Slager

          Captivate is more YA than tweeny, believe me. There’s some pretty mature themes and it’s an overall pretty good book. I’m very excited to find out when the sequel comes out!

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