Have you seen the recent explosion of YA vampire books on the market lately? They're multiplying like ... well, vampire sailors on a three day pass! Twilight started it and it seems to me that ever since every YA author is trying to match wits with a Utah housewife who hit the jackpot with her first book. Stephen King might have said she wasn't a very good writer, but even he said she tells a heckuva story.
The same thing happened after J.K. Rowling finally encountered an editor bright enough to see what a gem a book about an awkward, bullied wizard truly is. Suddenly the shelves were full of stories of young wizards and witches thwarting evil demons and boring schoolmasters.
The phenomena isn't limited to YA novels either. The romance genre is rife with people who saw something that worked and tried their dead level best to improve on it. Of course mainstream media seems to think that is all we do. However, I refuse to be insulted by a bunch of people who live to discover the next big scandal and thrive on exploiting the misery of their fellow man. I don't write for cynics and bullies. I write for dreamers, the people who hold the world together, do the work of saving the world and the people who keep believing in all that is good and wondrous about the human race.
Still, all of this meandering does have a point. I wondered - Do you write the stories you want to tell, the stories you want to read, the stories you feel compelled to tell OR do you try to write stories that are marketable? What does worrying about marketability do to the creative process? Is it something you consciously think about? Why or why not? Inquiring minds want to know !!
If you get the chance, check out this link and the thought-provoking post by Allison Brennan, romantic suspense author.
I did, and it really got me thinking. A dangerous thing to be sure !!
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to work on my newest book. It's about a teenaged Amish vampire who discovers he's a wizard and has to go to school at Buggywarts to learn to control his powers. Should be a bestseller!