I've seen the following sale on a few blogs the past couple days.
CHILDREN'S: MIDDLE GRADE
Sarah Prineas's THE CROW KING'S DAUGHTER, featuring faerie lore without the urban setting and without drugs, sex, and angst, to Toni Markiet at Harper Children's, in a good deal, in a three-book deal, by Caitlin Blasdell at Liza Dawson Associates (NA).
No big deal, I mean it's just another kids book right? Yes. The part that seems to have caught attention is for what it isn't. Sounds confusing at first. What I mean is that the posts I've seen on this are people saying they like what this series IS NOT, basically that it's not anything like books like Twilight. Note the part of the book description that says "without urban setting and without drugs, sex and angst."
All I can tell from the brief description is that the book is about faeries. I know more about what it isn't then what it is. While I enjoy traditional fantasy from time to time, my personal taste is in urban fantasy. I like books like Twilight and I don't see that changing any time soon. I know for a fact I'm not alone here. So I don't really agree with the whole hope that there's a shift coming in what's selling these days. I like that there are a lot of options but I of course want to hear that what I like most and happen to write myself, is still what's selling.
I like to see some angst and sex in an urban setting, but I could do without the drugs. Sexual desire and angst are a part of growing up, they are natural feelings and urges that every single teen will experience at some point. And the fact that those feelings can be wrapped up in a story that's in a setting we can all relate to with elements of fantasy that provide an exciting escape, well that is one of the reasons I love this genre. Again, I realize this is just my opinion.
The tide will turn as always so that certain themes are what's selling the most but with the Twilight movies just getting started I doubt books like it will die out anytime soon. As a fan I've witnessed first hand how obsessed people are and one of the topics floating around is what series we can fall in love with next. That's the beauty of stories that get the world talking, it opens the door for more stories to be shared. People want books that are similar to the ones they love. Why do you think Barnes and Noble has a big ol' table packed full of books with a sign that reads something like this "If you like Twilight, you'll love..."
I agree that vampires need a rest but I'm all about any book that can suck me in the way Twilight did. If it's a high fantasy about faeries, great, if it's a rock star who's really an alien, bring that on too (yeah I'm partial to that one since it's mine). All that I really care about is reading a story that captivates me and makes me stay up all night just to see what happens.
*Disclaimer - I wouldn't have used the Twilight reference AGAIN if it hadn't been for a direct comparision on the blog where I first saw this.