I'm sure you can name at least half a dozen books that feature one or more characters that would fall under the vampire, werewolf, wizard, faerie, fallen angel or whatever is hot at the moment category. Sure, it's easy because they all have taken the publishing world by storm. But do you find yourself trying to fit your stories into one of these categories because they are so popular?
I confess, when I was thinking of ideas for my first WIP, I tried to come up with a brilliant faerie idea. But I fell flat. Why? Because even though I have read some faerie books that rocked (Wicked Lovely and Wings), I'm not really that passionate about the subject matter. I mean, give me a good book with a cool premise and I will really dig it, but if it's not something I love, I can't think of anything to write about, much less something new and original.
So I fell back to a genre that I've always loved, no matter what. The good old dystopian (um, that didn't sound right, did it?). Anyways, you know the advice - write what you love, not what's popular. Folks, I started getting into dystopian books when I was in high school. Granted, I had to go to the adult sci/fi section to find them, but I devoured the ones that I could find. (Remember The Handmaid's Tale? Loved it!)
Well, now I've come across a few blogs lately that have said the dystopian novel is, well, hot right now in YA. I think The Hunger Games series is responsible for that. But, sheesh! Here I was thinking I was working on something relatively different and now I have to face the fact that agents are probably being swamped with this type of story. And at the rate I'm writing mine, the whole dystopian craze will most likely be considered yesterday's news by the time I'm ready to submit.
So what about you? Is your current WIP subject matter something that is considered trendy right now? Or is it something completely different? And how did you pick your subject matter?