Tip of the day: It's OK to hope that the new guys moving into the apartment above you don't play the drums. And if they do, it's also OK to tell them to stop playing the drums. You SHOULD refrain from telling them they suck at the drums.
It's spring and many people are weeding, including me. No, I'm no responsible for removing the pricker bushes and dandelions from my flower gardens (my awesome landlord does that!), but I am responsible for removing the books from my YA library section in order to make room for the new ones.
Perhaps I should be sad that some of these older titles aren't getting read, but I actually love weeding! Because as much as I hate to say it, some YA novels (a)just do not stand the test of time, or (b) their topic is over done so there's too much competition to pick it up, or (c) better books have been done on a similar topic since that one was published.
A lot of the novels I'm removing from the collection were:
1. Published between 1997 and 2001
2. WWII novels (how many times can a teen read about a family torn apart by WWII?)
3. Vietnam War era
4. Mid-1800s/turn of the century
I have to say, I do love me some historical novels, and I have a fond place in my heart for some WWIIs (THE BOOK THEIF, SUMMER OF MY GERMAN SOLDIER, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK), and I'm plotting out a Vietnam War book in my head right now....
BUT, my weeding process includes reading the book's blurb -- and THIS IS THE KEY AREA WHERE I FIND MYSELF YAWNING/SKIMMING/SAYING "BORING" AFTER THE TENTH WWII NOVEL IN A ROW! I can't help it. I'm only human with a propensity to get bored by the same old things. I just imagine an editor getting her 50th WWII submission during the week of June 1st, 2000. How can one keep reading the same topic over and over and NOT get bored?
When I check these books for the last day they went out, I see the teens feel the same way; most of them haven't gone out in over a year so they get discarded from the collection and moved into our book sale.
Yes, there are trends, but I completely understand some of the trends NEEDING to recede at a certain point so that their value can once again be seen -- unlike WWII YA novels in the year 1999. :)
What trends do you remember being over done at one time? What trends do you think are over done now?
Deena, Miss Recently Repped