Romance is a strange genre. It has a conservative center, radical margins and a huge meta-culture constantly angsting about the state and future of the genre. One of the main preoccupations of the romance aficionado is what trend is about to end, and what will be the next big thing. This speculation is propelled less by the admittedly enormous and insatiable readership, than the also considerable ranks of prospective authors–most of them desperate to be writing a book that is hot and happening, not last month’s fad.
The figure below is based on a recent survey of erotic romance writers hosted at the ERECblog. The question was: What erotic romance sub-genre do you think might be the next big thing?
The answers here (read clockwise from the top) can be read as roughly: fantasy (4%), Historical (22%), GLBT (18%), older woman and femdom (7%), various types of threesome (11%)… and of course the conglomeration of the realistic (who can predict anything?) and romantic (I will write what I like no matter what!) who would not hazard a guess.
But regardless of how accurate anyone’s guess might be, it is nice to see gay fiction and historicals are currently on peoples minds.