Happy New Year, everyone! I wish you all good health and good reads for the coming year. I've seen a number of "best of 2011" lists circulating on the web this week (if you're interested, click here for a collection of lists), but today, on the cusp of the New Year, I'm more interested in looking forward than looking back. I don't know about you, but I'm already anticipating a lot of great books and new series slated for 2012. What new genre trends would YOU like to see in the coming year?
Here's my big prediction: I think paranormal romance is due for a major shake-up. Shapeshifters are still going strong, but the vampire craze is on the way out. They're not quite dead yet (if you'll excuse the pun), but it's beginning to feel like all the possible changes have been rung on tall, dark, and toothsome heroes. Zombies were fun, but they don't really cut it as romantic leads. (Sure, they'll give you their hearts-- literally-- but then they want to eat your brains, and that makes a "happily ever after" kind of hard.) I'm certainly ready for something new.