Hmm. Sounds like a line from a sci-fi story where the hero/heroine shoots a laser beam at an alien creature, doesn't it? I'm actually wondering these days about which genres seem to be on the wane.
Lately, I've read some commentary about the sales of historicals being slow. This makes me sad but I keep telling myself this has happened before. Since my first foray into romance with The Flame and The Flower, I've loved historicals. Loved them so much, I spent decade in research and writing regency set historicals. I adore them and have Kathleen Woodiwiss, Johanna Lindsey, Lisa Kleypas, Catherine Coulter, and Jayne Ann Krentz (w/a Amanda Quick) to thank for their inspiration. Like lots of genres, popularity ebbs and flows but I would sure hate to see these genres die out.
This makes me wonder if it isn't up to writers to reinvent and manipulate these well loved genres. Maybe we should start experimenting and finding ways to add interest to repeated themes involving the eras of arranged marriages, rogues, rakes, libertines, and debutantes experiencing their "coming out". My first published novel was a regency historical. Granted, it was waaaay too hot to be considered traditional in any way and on September 16, Resplendence Publishing will release Made for Mischief an erotic regency. After reading that historicals are slowing down, I'm a little alarmed and anxious to see how it is received. I DID push the envelope with this one by making it erotic and there are lots of erotic romance lovers out there. Maybe they will WANT a little history with their erotica?
Lately, I write more contemporary stories but my love of historical work remains. The melding of real history, the beauty of the era, along with the sheer romance is really hard to beat in my book.
Lots of work available melds sci-fi with romance, history with romance, and horror with romance. Is that what keeps our romance selections fresh and new? I don't know but it seems to me that authors are forever trying to find new and inventive ways in which to present their stories. This is a good thing. Why not mix adventure with lust or neat futuristic weapons with passion?
What genres do you see as slow or dying? Did you once love a genre but then quickly fall "out of love" with it? What can authors do to keep readers coming back for more?