I know this topic reeks of betting on the horses, crystal balls, and palm reading, but just for fun, what do you think (based on your familiarity with the history of YA ) the next big YA genre might be? It seems a bit of psychological suspense is creeping in, horror is being fiddled with, and crime and detection is nudging.
I am closely accociated with kids ranging from 10 to 17 (I am a teacher, and am involved in drama groups) and sad to say, I get the impression that vamps and werewolves are still going strong - anything of the paranormal, in fact. Surely though, this genre must have a use-by date.
Because I'm writing a YA horror (subtle horror, not blood-and-gore) based on mythology, I'm leaning that way, but who knows?
I'm sure some of the academic purist types on this site (and I love you all) are going to say, ''write what you must, and not for the market." I agree ( we'd probably do a lousy job anyway if we were writing without true motivation) BUT if you are hearing anything on the young adult grapevine, or even if you've simply had a few gut feelings - or voices from heaven maybe, hows about taking a stab - just for the fun of it?
I'll throw horror in as a starter.