Dec 19 2013 8:04am

What is the Biggest Book Trend in 2013?

Tom Mison in Sleepy Hollow

Lots of things have happened this year in books—a m/m romance hit #1 on the New York Times's Bestseller list (J.R. Ward's Lover at Last), New Adult became a well-established thing (and a very popular thing!) rather than a flash in the pan, more and more authors decided to self-publish, and erotic works continued to make forays into mainstream reading.

What do you think was the biggest book trend in 2013?

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1. Torifl
Abusive billionaire heroes whose stalking and demanding natures are spun to teach woman that a man completely controlling your life is "romantic."
K.M. Jackson
2. kwanawrites
This past year is a total blur to me, it went by so fast. I agree the NA trend latched on so strongly that it can hardly be called a trend. Also self-publishing has started to turn the corner into mainstream with lines becoming blurred and power shifting to the authors and ultimately the readers. It's funny that you have a pic of Ichy up there for the end of year, though not bookish, the whole social media TV/Twitter/Tumblr mania has become a major trend and new way to reach fans. It started with Scandal and see it flowing into the new year.
Megan Frampton
3. MFrampton
Nailed it, Tori. And Kwana, self-pub is definitely no longer the stigma it once was. I'm wondering if social media will become the marketing norm, or if it's just flukes that explode because of it. Flukes with a strong initial platform, like network television.

(I put Ichy up there because he's cute, and he was a trend, albeit not a bookish one. But inspired by a book, so there's that).
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