Monday, October 29, 2012
Have you noticed the trend toward colorful sneakers...er athletic shoes? While purple is my favorite color, there's a lot to be said for basic black and white. A recent shopping trip left me frustrated and wondering what's happened to the classics.
I'm not against the latest fashion fads, but usually catch them as they're fizzling out. For example, jumpsuits were once quite popular. By the time I adjusted to the look and purchased one, they were declared extinct.
Books also go through cycles in the popularity game. When I first began writing, Chick Lit was super hot. Whoever hears of it now?
When a genre gains popularity, how can we tell if they will be the next literary phenomenon or a short-lived blip on publishing's radar? I'm sure few people believed the Amish craze would last this long.
I've thought about this, and here's my take on the subject:
1. A classic can withstand a bit of updating, while a fad is so far out it defies alteration.
2. Timeless themes on the human condition will always be in style. Romance, good versus evil, and championing the underdog never fail to rivet us.
3. Originality is a key element. Authors who can breathe new life into a time-tested storyline will have readers beating a path to the nearest bookstore or online outlet.
Writers: What are your thoughts on classics versus fads?
Readers: What fashion trends do you remember either with fondness or horror?