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    10 Science Fiction And Fantasy Stories That Editors Are Tired Of Seeing

    Discussion in 'Science Fiction' started by GingerCoffee, Apr 23, 2014.

    Or, 10 science fiction and fantasy stories that you need to write extremely well if you are going to get them past editors that are tired of seeing them

    Our writer's group leader shared this with us and I thought it was worth passing on because it's a fun read, especially some of the hilarious comments:

    10 Science Fiction And Fantasy Stories That Editors Are Tired Of Seeing

    The Steampunk video (in the comments section) is cute.
     
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    Maybe switch them up - A time traveling zombie entitled - Munching through the ages.

    Mermaid steampunk - The poaching of Ariel

    Edgy fairytale - Fifty shades of Red - a crossdressing wolf's diary of his kinky affair with Little Red.
     
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    I never heard of Pregnancy Horror or Pun Twist Ending, but by geez I totally agree with the rest they've chosen. But maybe I'd also add Vampires? (And Demons/Guardian Angels and that ilk?) I LOVE that the #1 on the list was Zombies. Yes. Really. Urk. Done to death.

    I like what the maker of the list said, though. Not that you shouldn't write these tropes, but that if you do, you'll need to really stand out by doing something very creative with them.

    However, they still seem to be selling?
     
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    Or a zombie mermaid with a pregnancy horror?
     
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    Lol. Are stories about pregnancy horrors really that common? I can agree with the first few ones. Zombies are especially ubiquitous in books, movies, and TV shows nowadays.
     
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    Perhaps they are throwing in all the alien spawn bursting from bellies.

    Anyone know if there has been a rash of YA mermaid stories? I was surprised to see that one instead of werewolves and vampires.

    You know zombie stories are waay overdone when someone writes a zombie romance with a human story. I didn't see or read it but the trailer for the movie was disgusting.

    After all that, what's left but to do one of the themes creatively?
     
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    Last I heard of Pregnancy horror was Rosemary's Baby.

    I think the trouble is not with the types it's that the writer never expands them. They just sit in a pool of story cliches and hope their characters alone make it special. Take a mermaid story - most probably include a young girl and her love interest - a land boy. Take zombies - people in the apocalypse fight and flee them. I think in order to shake things up the goals in the books and the events themselves must change.

    I've seen a lot of ya mermaid at my local Chapters- there's 105 on a list at goodreads.
     
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    Right?! I was thinking, "Wha....?" And then I thought, "Oh, yeah.... Uhura is fi'in'a have a Beelzebub baby here in a minute...." ;)

    The pregnancy-horror and the mermaid ones were the only ones that raised an eyebrow for me. Interesting to see vampires not on that list.
     
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    They went with the round number 10 trope. :p
     
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    That, or vampires were just classified under "smarter sub-type of zombie" ;)
     
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    Or that vampires use their mesmerizing mind-control powers to force the editors to keep buying stories about them. :D
     
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    Probably, but seriously, when I first joined this forum, it was vampity, vampity, vamp-vamp-vamp. I would start to twitch at just seeing the letter V all by itself. o_O
     
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    But what I see is vamp, zoombie, vamp, zoombie, and steampunk vampire zoombie.

    They aren't tired of vampires? Hmmm, as I suspected, editors are vampires :p
     
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    Literature goes through cycles, and right now we have vampires and zombies. In 5-10 years, it's going to be something else. A similar thing happened with general fiction a few years ago. Back then, there were a ton of stories on immigrants and their experiences adjusting to a new (mainly American) culture. General fiction is moving away from that now.
     
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    Great Article! Thanks for posting. I'm glad the novel I'm polishing doesn't fall under any of these. I was surprised to see "pregnancy horror" on there....I didn't even know that was a big thing.
     
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    Not any more. The cycles of the past have mostly been due to publishers deciding to stop publishing certain kinds of stories; publishers stop publishing zombie stories because they're tired of them, then ten years later they publish a zombie story and all the readers who've been desperately hoping to find a zombie story to read buy it, and it suddenly becomes the next big thing, and publishers can't get enough zombie stories.

    Those boom-and-bust days are over, now anyone can publish anything they want. In the future, there'll always be new zombie stories to entertain zombie-loving readers, regardless of what publishers think.
     
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    Publish what you want, there are still readers out there that matter. :)
     
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    How is mermaid fiction a thing? Is that seriously a trend? Where do you even go with that subject matter? Unless you take it in a Lovecraftian direction, it just doesn't seem like there is much to get out of that topic. After all, it is a terrifying half-human, half-fish monster.
     
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    I am a bit dissapointed that multiverse is on the list. Right now I can't think of any book with multiverse theory... Can anyone recommend a good one?
    Yeah, it can be a zombie mermaid if you want. :D
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    Actually, that's potentially a pretty good idea. A necrophiliac wakes up one day to find his wildest dreams have come true. Write him like Humbert Humbert and you're set.
     
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    Watch the movie Warm Bodies. Zombie boy meets human girl, romance happens.
     
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    I don't want romance I want one sided obsession. Corpses should not have feelings.
     
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    Go ahead and write it yourself! Make it cool! :)
     
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    Nope, since I already told you, the idea is DEAD.


    Is warm bodies a kid movie or something more serious?
     

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