This should have posted yesterday, but didn't.
I've noticed a few things recently and it leaves me wondering. An agent that I follow just opened up to YA and listed what she is looking for. She said fairy tale retellings, which got me all excited. After all, I have two of those with unique twists in various stages of polishing. Then I read these two words: "dark and edgy." Dark and edgy? Shoot. I'm not really a dark and edgy sort of writer. I sat and thought through my projects and, for the life of me, could not figure out how they could be darker or more edgy.
I've been reading a lot lately. Lots of books have those two words associated with them. "A dark take on ..." "An edgy new story from ... " Is this what people want to read? Maybe the world is darker for teens than it was for me. I wanted to real about happy endings and things gone right, so that's what I tend to write. I have to admit it. A cold fear went through me. Will any one want to read my "things aren't dark or edgy" stories? And if no one wants to read light, carefree, happy stories, then what will I do?
So, friends, what do you think? Is dark and edgy the way to go? Do you write with that in mind? Do you read books that fit that bill?