Bikers & Billionaires
If it isn’t a hot guy wearing leathers and riding a motorbike, its a sexy billionaire businessman with a few mummy issues, is anyone else bored of the same hero being recycled into a new book? It was bad enough reading Christian Grey the first time, I don’t really want to read about him again. He could almost be a genre on his own. We have already had New Adult inflicted on us, now I reckon we might be starting another one; Billionaire Banging.
Okay, I realize this has turned slightly into a rant about super rich heroes rather than writing fads! But apart from millionaire playboys we have had an overflow of rock stars, BDSM, sports super stars, bikers, chefs, zombies and dark erotica. All of which I have read a few books on and enjoyed, or been disturbed in the case of dark erotica!
I admit when I see a book about a biker, I am more likely to take a look at the blurb, so I am guilty of following a reading fad. And is following a reading fad any different then following an author? They tend to stick to the same genre, with the same types of characters, just like a fad. Even following a genre tends to lead to a lot of i-am-sure-i-have-read-that-before thoughts, like PNR, I wouldn’t call vampire or a werewolf a fad they are more like a stipulation of the genre, no fangs..no PNR.
So is it a good thing for authors to see a formula that works and write to it, giving us what we are currently enjoying, be it a biker, a Dom or a billionaire? Or is the sudden flood in the market just clogging up our bookshelves with essentially the same book?
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