The Life of Pi. Water for Elephants. Pat the Bunny. The relationship between humans and animals is an age-old literary theme, but some books are loftier than others.
GalleyCat, one of our favorite publishing industry blogs, recently wrote about the current literary fascination over our bond with animals. Authors who tap into this trend are making a lot of money. It was reported that author Sara Gruen, got $5.2 million for her next two books, the first of which will be Ape House. Garth Stein is generating buzz over The Art of Racing in Rain, narrated by a family dog.
Some pundits say this book trend reflects our growing need for connection at a time in which many of us are disillusioned by work, government, technology, and a lack of spiritual fulfillment. Reading about others’ deep connections with animals adds dimension to our own relationships with our dog, cat, parrot, or ferret.
What do you think this trend says about readers? Do you think this is a trend at all? I wonder if some of the Blurbarian pet books in the Blurb Bookstore could inspire novellas.