New Trends in Fiction

by wjw on October 18, 2009

Since I know you have all spent countless hours worrying about the next trend in paranormal romance, I thought I’d let author Maggie Stiefvater tell you:

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

David October 18, 2009 at 3:55 am

Very clever.

Ken Houghton October 18, 2009 at 4:01 am

I think I did this panel at Capricon in the very early Nineties, when Lois Tilton was still writing regularly and Laurell Hamilton was a svelte blonde.

Strangely, despite many mentions of the first sets, no one (even those of us scared by the episode of The Wild Wild West when it first came out) thought to mention the kraken.

Just think: with eight limbs plus gentalia, you could make a series around the escapades of a co-ed soccer team. Talk about crossover potential…

Margot October 18, 2009 at 5:32 am

FYI, it's Maggie Stiefvater, not Mary Stiefvater as in your post. The latter is some actress.

Wonder if the books of the former are any good . . .

dubjay October 18, 2009 at 6:03 am

Thanks, Margot! Corrected!

I wonder if the acting of the latter is any good . . . ?

Sean Craven October 18, 2009 at 7:51 am

I attended Viable Paradise last week; if my fellow students do represent the next wave of SF/Fantasy, I can promise you squids in abundance.

For that matter, I believed in the Squidpunk anthology for at least three days just because I really, really wanted to read it.

Rebecca S. October 18, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Clever indeed. But nary a mention of the squiddest and baddest deep-sea lothario of them all, Cthulhu?

Dave Bishop October 18, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Anything would be preferable to vampires! I have just one thing to say to all you SF/Fantasy writers out there – NO MORE VAMPIRES!! I am sick to death of vampires!! Bram Stoker SHOULD have been the last word on vampires. You've all taken this particular trope much, much further than it can possibly stretch to – PLEASE STOP NOW!!!

David October 18, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Ooo. Thanks, Dave! That rant gave me a whole new idea for a nifty new vampire novel. Or series! Even better.

qtera October 18, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Oh, I love this idea! I have always had a thing for giant cephalopods.

Lektu October 18, 2009 at 7:18 pm

For the record, there's a Spanish SF short story ("Bajando", by Ramón Muñoz) about a man who falls in love with a female Architeuthis…

Drew October 18, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Vampyroteuthis infernalis – the vampire squid from hell, an actual species name. Clearly potential for kraken/vampire crossover here.

john_appel October 19, 2009 at 2:33 am

The pool is now open on when Dubjay starts his YouTube channel. 😉

halojones-fan October 19, 2009 at 7:36 pm

Already done. See "The Calamari Wrestler".

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