Monday, September 16, 2013
An Overwhelming Fact Of Modern Publishing...
I wrote this yesterday, after trying to read a new fiction novel and giving up.
So I dropped into Twitter to see what was happening today and I was overwhelmed by books about zombies, dates from hell and the continuing rant about the conspiracy theory. Am I missing something here? Or has the publishing industry, including a large portion of indie books, gone absolutely mad?
There was a time when boy met girl and they found a relationship surrounding some interesting side effect, and it was called good. Now, in this new generation of bangers, hipsters and general Gothic low-lifes, it's considered punk if you write about girly vampires living in mainstream society, holding down jobs and killing half the population off by the end of the book.
Forgive my rant if you like these books. I'd like them too if I could wrap my head around the story of one. So far, the books I've read recently, were Star Trek re-visited, with the names changed, except they used warp drive and beaming, to boot. Plus, the editing was so bad, the only thing that held the story together was a good old fashioned love story in disguise.
What's going to happen in this next generation of indie authors? They will be responsible for a revolution in book publishing. If they can't bring the whale back to the boat, we'll be stuck with a generation of hellboys and zombies rising from the dead, that become mainstream fiction. Is this where our future lies? Witches, warlocks and all the rest? If so, the reading level of the next generation will be plummeting to a new low.
Enough said about my opinion. Have you read any good books recently?