Can someone educate me, please? I don’t understand something and I desperately want to. I am sick and tired of being obscure. I want to be popular but I don’t understand public taste. I can understand why some folks like horror even though I don’t. I can understand why some women like romance novels even though I generally don’t find them to my liking. This is not what I’m talking about. I want to understand some popular trends. Someone please explain the following “hot” subjects that sell books:
1) Vampire horror
2) Bonnet romance (Amish, Puritan, prairie, whatever)
3) Dragon fantasy
Bonnet romances: once again, I plead ignorance. I can understand why women read romance. (Do any men read straight romance, or do they just tolerate a romantic sideline in an action adventure story?) Some have told me that they feel my first novel has strong romantic overtones, and while they are not accidental, I hesitate to label it romance because as a genre, Romance is very rigid in its expectations and my stories do not fit the mold.
If you do understand even one of these popular literary trends, please do enlighten me. PLEASE.