Thursday, June 26, 2014
Trending Thursday: Dreams and Nightmares
Trending Thursday went on hiatus for a bit, but it's back this week. As part of JASOP (Jen's Awesome Summer Organization Plan) I was sorting some ARCs and came across this one:
Vault of Dreamers
by Caragh O'Brien
At first I decided to do a Trending Thursday about eyeball covers, because there are a lot of them and they really creep me out. (And I now have a list of YA eyeball covers, so that could still happen...) But then I decided to change course and do a post on YA books that feature dreams and/or nightmares.
Dream and nightmare books have been a pretty steady trend, with one or two showing up consistently every year. I feel like these kinds of books come with possible pitfalls. Sleeping isn't inherently very active and, as a result, isn't the most exciting thing to read about. And even if scary things happen in a character's dreams, you know that it's not real, so that automatically cuts the tension. (Though I did love Inception.)
Below are the dream and nightmare books I could think of. Some of them I've read and some I've not.
The Jason Segel book was originally announced as YA, but it looks like it's now a middle grade book. And this touches on another YA trend: celebrity-written books. While I'm sure there are famous people out there who are able to write publishable fiction in their spare time, according to the New York Times, that's the exception rather than the rule. So kudos to Jason Segel for a) being upfront about the fact that he's doing the book in conjunction with an experienced writer and b) crediting that person, who happens to be none other than the awesome Kirsten Miller, author of both YA books (The Eternal Ones and How To Lead a Life of Crime) and middle grade books (the Kiki Strike series.) I look forward to seeing what they come up with!
How do you feel about dream/nightmare books and can you think of any to add to my list?