One of my teachers asked us what was in store for popular fiction.
I had to ponder that one for a while. Finally, I concluded popular fiction is in for more melding and fusing together of so-called genres. I've heard about many new and recent books that do this.
Thus, the genre conventions that have always been somewhat fluid are flowing more than ever and will continue to do so in the future. Yes, the typical settings, roles and events of a particular genre will occur but they will be coupled with those of other genres.
I think the demise of bricks and mortar bookstores will contribute to this, because genre distinctions were primarily a marketing tool enabling booksellers to identify shelves for p-books. As electronic bookstores rise in popularity, authors can post their e-books in every 'genre' that applies--thus leading to more potential sales.
All these opportunities and combinations will meld into an entertaining and powerful literary amalgam, taking our imaginations to new heights.
Readers are in for a treat!
What do you think is in store?