Monday, July 18, 2011

YA Blog Tour Stop - "The Changing Landscape"

Hey there everyone! Thanks for joining me at this stop of Decadent Publishing's Worldwide YA Blog Tour!

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!!!


  1. I'm a big fan of Urban Fantasy versus Fantasy, though I read both. I can't say the movies in those genres do much for me. Though I enjoyed the Potter films (haven't seen 7 pt. 2 yet)and the LOTR movies were much better (my opinion, no booing from you lot) than the tedious books.

    Urban Fantasy seems geared to strong female lead characters which I enjoy and the Fantasy I've read primarily has strong male characters sometimes with a female cohort.

    I would never call myself a trekkie (or Trekker for you humorless fans), but I've seen every show (except Enterprise) in every series more than once and every movie multiple times and I can't blame it on my kids cause I don't have any. So, even though I don't dress up or speak Klingon, I probably am one.

  2. Well,I'm today's stop and I also kicked off the tour. Sorry for the confusions! And thanks for your comments!

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  4. I loved The Twilight Saga Movies. I am actually eagerly awaiting the arrival of The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1 And 2. What I find funny is I can see it as a fantasy because Vampires aren't real and such but the real funny thing actually is that it is categorized as Horror. So, if you went to rent it at a video store or buy it at a store it is in the Horror section. I guess it all boils down to what people's perception of a given movie, book, etc are. One persons Fantasy movie/novel is another person's Horror movie/novel. No one person can really guess what is going to be the next big thing. If they could there would have been a lot more people with Beta Maxes and not VCR's, in my opinion anyways.


  5. I love fantasy and agree that it is a place to lose yourself in. With fantasy the sky is the limit and there are no boundaries!


  6. Hey there everyone! Thanks for commenting! Sorry it's taken me so long to reply. Our winner is Acmo5 and I will be forwarding their email address to Decadent's review coordinator so she can get Fallenwood to you. Thanks for participating, everyone! Best of luck on the rest of the blog tour!

  7. I couldn't contact Acmo5, so Elena is our new winner. :)

  8. Sorry I missed the book giveaway. Love that I can sit back and watch the fireworks happen in a ball of fire that is fantasy writing. Just the anticipation of the magic that is about to ensue is exciting and usually makes me feel warm inside. Please enter me in the blog tour giveaway. Thanks lisagk(at)yahoo(dot)com

  9. I have definitely seen a shift in things as far as publishing goes. I belive the ebook is the future and traditional print houses are going to have to change their mode of publication to offer a wider variety of formats. I love the feel of a paperback, but the reality is, I'd rather be able to have thousands of books on a reading device as apposed to trying to house that many paperbacks. Things are changing, it's time to go "green" so to speak.