There's been a lot of talk recently about the "John Green Effect" and so-called GreenLit, which is defined by the New York Times Book Review as "realistic stories told by a funny, self-aware teenage narrator. These novels tend to have sharp dialogue, defective authority figures, occasional boozing, unrequited crushes and one or more heartbreaking twists."
Okay, yes. But writing books like that -- blending the humor with the pathos with the snappy banter -- is not as easy as it looks.
But it is eas(ier) to have a John Green-style cover. In fact, one of my commenters on last week's Trending Thursday remarked on the Green cover effect. I've noticed it too. Take a look:
Rainbow Rowell is another author who writes wildly popular, quirky-charming realistic fiction. There are also a lot of Rainbow Rowell-inspired covers:
And then there are what I think of as the chair covers...
To me, the John Green lookalike covers are a little too close to the original, but I really like the trend of hand-drawn cover images. What are your thoughts? Tell me in comments!