Tip of the Day: This is the best Pumpkin Fudge EVER. Try it!
I've been watching too much of The View lately. My favorite part of the show is Hot Topics where they pull some current event from the news and all weigh in on it. Really, they should do the whole show in this format. I turn it off when they move on to Blahblah celebrity promoting her great new movie. But ANYWAY, here's what I want to talk about. If you have a minute go read this article about Barnes and Nobles dividing up the teen fiction section.
Ok, if you didn't go read, here's a snippet from the article:
"In a sign of just how popular teen fiction has become, Barnes & Noble is in the midst of rearranging its teen fiction section chain-wide this week in an effort to improve the shopping experience and boost sales. Already teen fiction is the biggest book growth category at Barnes & Noble, according to Mary Amicucci, v-p of children’s books. In terms of volume, it is the second largest subject, behind adult fiction.
After testing the concept at a Barnes & Noble store in Hackensack, N.J., three weeks ago, the chain pushed the go button to reorganize all its teen sections by separating out the two most popular genres—paranormal romance and fantasy and adventure—from teen fiction."
Hmph. Honestly? This bothers me. And it's hard to explain why because maybe I'm just overreacting or whatever. I mean, on one hand it's a good thing that teen books are getting so much attention, yay for them selling so well and being #2 to adult fiction. But the categories thing? Why does this make me feel like Unless you're Twilight or Twilight-esque you suck the big suck and we'll shelf you in the back of the store right before you hit the bathroom? If you're paranormal romance or fantasy yay, you'll get all of our love and attention. But the rest of you commercial fiction books, hit the road where we don't have to look at you. Sigh. It's kind of depressing right? It feels like more of the same stuff that already goes on in publishing. Where certain books are given huge amounts of marketing money and big push from the publisher and the rest kind of struggle to get any attention. Now even at the stores, someone who might have stumbled upon your book because, yes, it was near Twilight and caught their interest, might never see it now because it's placed in a less popular section.
Okay, weigh in on this hot topic. B&N divvying up the teen fiction genres-- good or bad?
Kristina, Miss See Me on the Shelves (but nowhere near Twilight)