With a new semester on the horizon, readings for classes may seem overwhelming, but finding something to read for fun could be as simple as a quick scroll on TikTok.
Lizzie McLeod Herring, a UNC junior majoring in art history and creative writing, said she wouldn't have picked up half of the books she read in 2023 without the influence of a book content creator on social media.
A book blogger who goes by Deanna said creators and their influence could drive 2024's next big trends.
"Romantasy" — a term coined by the online book community to refer to a combination of romance and fantasy — was one of the biggest subgenres in 2023, fueled in part by the release of Rebecca Yarros' bestseller "Fourth Wing."
Kimmy Nwokorie, a book content creator who gravitates toward romance, said the subgenre will likely continue to grow in the new year because the new balance between romance and fantasy is very satisfying and catches readers' attention.
“I think authors are getting comfortable in being able to write what they want to, and with that we’ll probably see the rise of more subgenres,” Nwokorie said.
Within the past year, Deanna said she has also seen an uptick in the popularity of young adult horror novels, including those written by Black authors and centering Black characters. She said it has been refreshing to see characters who look like her in popular stories.
Deanna also said she would like to see a resurgence in the popularity of dystopian fiction.
“There’s a lot going on right now in the world that’s giving off dystopia,” she said. “So I wouldn’t be surprised if people started writing about things that they’re experiencing because dystopian really explores a lot of real world politics in different ways.”