Team Human has its first piece of fan art and it hasn’t even been published yet! I am beside myself with excitement. Seriously, I screamed when Sarah Rees Brennan tweeted it.
Unlike many of my YA author friends, my books do not attract a lot of fan art. It would be more accurate to say that they attract almost no fan art at all. Seriously click on the fan art category for this blog and see how little there is. Now go over to Scott’s blog and check out his Fan Art Fridays. Or check out the paucity on deviantART.1
I’ve put it below the cut because it’s spoilery and if you’re anything like me you don’t want to read anything that might even possibly lead to the vague chance of spoilification. So really don’t look at it!
Now it’s true that Scott’s books sell way more than mine do. But there is not, in fact, a direct correlation between popularity of books and amount of fan art. There are many bestselling authors who get almost no fan art at all. Part of this is because of the genre they write. Realism attracts way less fan art than fantasy or science fiction. But I write fantasy and get hardly any. And I know many writers whose books sell less well than mine who get huge amounts of fan art.
Whatever it is that inspires readers to produce art—and I’d love to hear your theories—thus far my books have not had much of it. But I had a feeling that teaming up with SRB would change my fan-art luck. Everything she writes inspires so much fan art it’s ridiculous. Surely, I figured, her book with me would also produce lots. I was right! Well, I might be right. The first piece appearing before Team Human‘s publication in July has got to be a very good sign. And it’s fabulous. Street Angel has surpassed herself. There’s never been a manga version of my work either. I may die.
Yes, the dialogue comes straight out of the book:
Isn’t that fabulous?
I’m serious about wanting to hear your theories on what kinds of books generate the most fan art. Tell me so I can write such books!
- Not that I do that and not that I weep salty tears when I don’t do that. [↩]