I have heard from a lot of people here in Portugal that 2010 would be the “Zombie Year”, and that zombie stories were going to replace vampire stories as the new hot thing in young adult categories. I remained skeptical. There is just no way you can twist the notion of a zombie into something even remotely attractive, which, if you haven’t noticed, is what makes vampires so popular. It’s not the blood-sucking – it’s the fact that they’re handsome while still being more outlandish than any “boring” human could ever be. So I was pretty sure that people would find something else to explore to exhaustion in literature, but zombies wasn’t it.
Angels replace vampires as the hot new thing. That I can believe. Oh boy. I look forward to all the twisting and turning of the idea of angels. I bet we’ll be seeing plenty of fallen angels, evil angels, and demons who care about your feelings and don’t want to hurt you. And, of course, all of them will be dangerously attractive.
After the vampire craze I have no expectations, but… Here’s to hoping that some highly original and interesting works come out of it.