So, when I spoke to my professor about grad school yesterday, she mentioned Twilight...cause of course, you cannot talk about books without mentioning trends! I told her about the hypocrisy that I saw between uniqueness and trends, but she said that what Agents and Publishers mean by "uniqueness" is some twist on books that are already in the trend.
Okay, so, unique has a different connotation to me. Completely. Which is, as we all know, that unique books are something new, something fresh! Not, of course, a unique thing about some book written in response to a trend.
But she's right--I know of two instances: Both Twilight by Stephenie Meyer and Wings by Aprilynne Pike deal with love triangles. *Note that I am not dissing them.
However, I'm just pointing out that these two books deal with the same type of love triangle, and were, ironically enough, taken on by the same agent--Jodi Reamer.
Another thing we talked about was why these books are so popular--and I finally get it! They appeal to deep emotions, deep fantasies that everyone (in this case, especially girls) have. And they do...they make feel deeply...to a point where it's almost unbearable. This is all of our aims as writers--whether this connection is to people or the world we create...hopefully both!
So, now I give you a picture of Barbossa, Elizabeth, and, of course, Jack Sparrow!