Well, lately there have been a lot of changes to the writing "landscape", from the conclusion of the movie versions of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, to Borders closing their doors, and books moving to an ebook format. Would any of us have seen these things coming ten years ago?
It's left me wondering what will happen to the YA market and where it's headed. The ebook market has opened up the world of writing and publishing to new genres and styles. This is a very exciting thing for a writer. If I want to someday write a fantasy/sci-fi combo (Oooh, I can hear the booing and hissing from traditionalists of both genres!) I might actually be able to find a market for it. Before the advent of ebooks, it would have been considerably harder because I would need to show that traditionally there's been a market for it, which there hasn't.
Anyway, let's talk about movies. To me, it seems like fantasy has been a big thing movie-wise in the past several years. Audiences latch on to the "next big fantasy series" whether it's Lord of the Rings or Twilight or Harry Potter. (You could argue that Twilight isn't fantasy, and if you do, I won't hold it against you. It's ok. I consider it as part of an umbrella genre that encompasses a lot of things).
That being said, fantasy seems to be both popular and needed in today's world. Fantasy is something you can immerse yourself in, and not have to think overly hard about. That's not to say that fantasy writers don't have to put in effort - we just have to put in a different kind of effort, spread it around to different areas. As a writer, I don't have to explain the workings of creating a fireball (although it would be interesting to try and I might give it a shot one of these days). But all I really have to do is invoke the "m" word ("magic") and roll with it. All the reader has to do is sit back and watch the magic happen. It's like creating a literary fireworks show.
I'd love to hear your thoughts and comments! One lucky winner will be entered to win a copy of my fantasy YA novel Fallenwood!!!! Come and share in the magic!!!