If you want to know the next "new" writing craze, try reading the oldie goldies. Someone said ,"there is nothing new under the sun," and they were right.
I remember in the early 70's being a young feminist at twenty exploring my sexual fantasies by reading Erica Jong's new breakthrough novel "The Fear of Flying." Flash forward to 2012 and every one's going berserk over the latest erotica break out novel Fifty Shades of Gray. Same premise, modern spin. I can't even say "new" spin since sexual games and fantasies are as old as sex itself. However the newness of it just may lie in how graphic it is.
Look at the vampire phase we have just emerged from. You would swear no one heard of vampires until the Twilight saga took hold. I remember being hooked on "Dark Shadows" in the sixties and wishing I could write a sequel to the vampire saga starring a young Brad Pitt and boyish Tom Cruse in the eighties.
All I'm saying is why re-invent the wheel. Revisit some classics. Read some Kurt Vonnegut. Watch the "Valley of the Dolls," from 1967 or "The Way We Were." Now don't copy the work. Use your imagination, spice it up and tailor the story to fit 2012 and guess what?
YOU too can have the next break out hit. How would you re-write the characters of Barbara Streisand and Robert Redford in "The Way We Were"? Suppose Robert was married and African American and Barbara was a catholic nun? Instead of politics as the back drop suppose it was civil rights?