So I wanted to write a little discussion post about something that’s been bothering me lately with the books that I’ve been reading. Maybe it’s because I’ve read so many books in the same genres or maybe I’ve read enough hyped books that I feel like I’ve read every kind of story I can in that genre. But lately, I feel like everything I read lacks some originality, or that I’ve read that story before minus some of the specifics, you know? And I’m not really talking about retellings because those are suppose to hold similarities to their original stories.
I’ve been wondering if it’s simply because I read so much in my preferred genres that I’ve overread that genre, or are authors recreating great storylines with their own twists because they think that’s what people want to read? I’m definitely not calling anyone out specifically just making a general observation. I feel like once you’ve read quite a few hyped books in a specific genre then honestly, you’ve pretty much read them all. It’s really disappointing because every genre can bring so much to the table. Now maybe some of you are thinking ‘well maybe you are just reading too many hyped books?’ but in retrospect, I try to avoid reading a lot of hyped books. I’ve DNF’d so many hyped books it’s not even funny, but at the same time I’ve loved a lot of hyped books.
I’m also wondering if it has to do with the fact that SO MANY young adult books have been published in the last few years. We went from a huge influx of YA dystopian and post-apocaylptic genre books (ie. the mass movements that came from THG and Divergent, etc.) to right now where it seems we’ve moved on to a huge influx of YA fantasy books.
Recently, I read a YA book that was pitched as Beautiful Creatures meets Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I didn’t know this when I read it (because I almost never read synpopsis’ of books before I read them). But while I was reading it all I could think of was Percy Jackson but instead of Greek Mythology it was Witches. Maybe not exactly plot and settings exactly the same but that’s what it felt like I was reading. That alone made me want to DNF because what? I felt like I was reading the same story all over again. In the end, I read the whole thing and I was glad for it because it redeemed itself for me. But to think that within the first 30% of a book someone wants to DNF because there’s a severe lack of originality, that’s a probem. And I’ve been having that problem a lot lately.
So the question it comes down to is this: is there a severe lack of originality in some genres or have I just read too many books in those genres? And at this point I have no idea because I’ve been pushing myself to branch out and I’ve loved pretty much everything I’ve read outside of my comfort genres but I always feel myself being drawn back to the genres that I love.
How do you feel about all this? Do you think there has been some lack of originality with the influx of YA books in the industry in the last few years? Or is there a corelation to reading in specific genres and only those genres? And do you think hyped books has a lot influence when it comes to what is being written these days?