It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. This week is all about bookish trends we can do without. Let’s see what I can come up with!
What are some things you are tired of seeing that are trends in publishing? Maybe something that pops up on a lot of covers these days, or the popularity of certain tropes in a particular genre? Let it out!
You know that feeling when you are really excited about a book or a series and the next installment is coming out? You might even pre-order it, because you just NEED to have a copy and then you find a statement like this “Fans of XY, we have a special treat for you! There’s a special cover/additional chapter in the edition you can get EXCLUSIVELY at Target/Tesco/name-some-other-shop-that-doesn’t-exist-in-my-country”. And then I just sit there and weep in sadness, because I am a poor international bookworm and I will never own one of those special copies that I really wanted. Sometimes they have prettier covers or additional artwork and I just get so furious with the publishers. There are tons of people who also read those books abroad, but there is NO WAY for them to ever get those editions. Same goes for pre-order merch, as it is mostly for North America or the UK …
There’s a lot to talk about here. Of course it is the absolute worst if there is a cover change mid-series! No argument there. But what I also hate is that whenever a series is finally completely out, the publishers decide to do a whole new design. I JUST bought the series. I am glad I finally have it all on my shelf and then BAM, the new covers are gorgeous. But who has the money to just go and buy the same books again? I sure don’t …
The Absent Parent(s)
I do get that responsible and caring parents can be a real hindrance in books, especially when their kids go off to save the world, but I do think it’s just weird that there are so few good examples. Contemporary books have started to better integrate them (The Unexpected Everything, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, My Life Next Door …), but I still feel like there is such a lack of them in Fantasy. I mean, if Joyce Byers from Stranger Things can go above and beyond for her boy, so should bookish parents!
Standalones seem to be almost non-existent anyway these days, so if I start a series, I at least want to know how many books I am going to be in for. And therefore, no, I won’t accept a press release after two or more books saying that it will go from a trilogy to five or six books instead. Just nope! That’s not what I signed up for! (If I love the series I will still read it, but grumpily.) Most of the time it’s just really not necessary to add that much more to the story and it gets boring instead of adding to the world you are supposed to love.
Release Date Mayhem
Look, I get that hardcovers are released before the paperbacks. I really do! Authors have to make money too and they deserve it, but I don’t have the cash to buy everything as a hardcover. So, let’s say I get a book and it is a paperback – the US edition. Logically, I would want the subsequent installments in the same edition. Now it is release day for the new part in the series, but all I can find is the US hardcover and the UK paperback (which looks completely different). I try to find the US paperback and do you know when that release date is set? ONE YEAR LATER! I mean, seriously? If the release date for paperbacks is more than a month away from the hardcover, I am just over it. Because I never get arcs and I won’t just buy the hardcover if it doesn’t fit in my collection, I will now have to wait twice as long as many other people. Well done publishing world.
This all turned into a bit of a rant, but I hope you can see where I am coming from? What are some things you are tired of?