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Trends in Fantasy Fandom

I was just looking around for trends in fantasy publishing over the years. I did not find one. If I had the time, and the expertise, I would do that myself, but I just don't know.

What I want to know is what were the popular themes, lengths, and such of any particular time. What were the hot sub-genres. What were people buying? And more importantly, what were they passionate about?

Personally, I felt left behind with the fantasy market in the 80's and I haven't caught up since. Maybe I'll just go back and read stuff from the 70's just to double-down on my out-of-date style.

Had some fun over at Goodreads going through the best-of's for some years. Yeah, I am definitely a 70's child. I saw many books there that I had forgotten that I'd read. 

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woodwindy
Jun. 19th, 2014 08:58 pm (UTC)
Things I vaguely remember packing the shelves:
80s - Arthurian fantasy (post-Mists of Avalon) and Piers Anthony-esque punny stuff
90s/aughts - Urban faeries/supernatural creatures everywhere (Charles de Lint, Laurell Hamilton, etc.)
Aughts/Tens - Harry Potter knockoffs, paranormal romance, YA explosion (dystopias and/or teens who are secretly vampires, angels, werewolves, slayers, etc.)
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