Vampires, Werewolves, Fairies, Angels, Zombies, Dragons and now dystopian and/or post-apocalyptic futures are all the rage. And as each new trend is noticed and trumpeted by the press at large I roll my eyes. Oh really, New York Times? Dystopian lit is what all the kids these days are into? They've given up the sparkly vampires are going full force into a bleak future? They love the trend so much that get behind James Frey's "sweatshop" model and read shoddy second rate books* with vim and vigor?
I'm too tired to point out exactly what it is about the linked piece that bothers me so much, but it really does. Maybe it is the meandering tone and the implication that young adult authors don't know their audiences and conversely the about face the article does and implies that teens aren't smart enough to see through the crap some YA authors try to pull.
Blogging while tired (tired in general, and tired of big "watch out for this new YA trend" articles.)
*I haven't read I Am Number Four so anything I say about it here is Not My Opinion.