Reprise of Speculative Fiction
Recently the Wall Street Journal pointed out it was The Season of the Supernatural. In the article, they talk about the rise of literature that blends supernatural with realism, and that it may once again become the predominant literary style.
Not so sure? Think of the big, cross the country phenomena over the past several years (some for better, and some for worse): Hunger Games, Harry Potter series, Twilight series, True Blood (books are part of the Sookie Stackhouse paranormal mystery series), all those zombies and vampires running through Austen classics, and now, with the help of HBO, A Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire series). In addition, there are the classic novels often on required reading lists in school: Fahrenheit 451, Ender's Game, Frankenstein, Brave New World, 1984, and others.
As Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians and the upcoming sequel The Magician King, says in the WSJ article "We (supernatural fiction) are the mainstream," he says. "Literary fiction is a subculture." Have you found a book you enjoyed lately and were surprised to find it contained elements of the supernatural or futuristic science?