Here are some of the themes we can expect “Millennial Fiction” to tackle, based on the many nonfiction studies that publishers, magazines, newspapers, and blogs have thus far unleashed.
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- Purpose: In contrast to many other generations still living, Millennials struggle with a sense of purpose, a single unifying experience to bring them together in a noble way.
- Over-Programmed: Millennials are overloaded with programming (call it “hypertext syndrome”), and are often overwhelmed by options.
- Expectations of Identity: Millennials suffer under inflated expectations of identity, and have been raised to feel “special” and “unique” as individuals.
- Generational Studies: Millennials have been studied and categorized as a “generation” their whole lives, and are also accustomed to public debate about who they truly are.
- Conformity: In contrast to the loners and outcasts of Generation X, and the counter-culture of the Baby Boomers, Millennials have been raised to be conformist, even when they are rebellious.
- Values and Priorities Re-Defined: Despite commentaries that suggest this generation is “dumb,” they are not. In fact, they’re the smartest generation to ever walk the planet. But they have certainly re-defined what they need to be smart about, how they feel they should spend their time, and what values they find important.
- Mixed Media: The characters inhabiting Millennial Fiction will likely have a strong reliance on technology and other media (blogs, cell phones, computers), and stories will acknowledge this dependence.
- The Irrelevance of the White Male: Expect not only to see a canon strongly embrace minority writers and women writers (this has been happening for decades), but now to see white male writers lament their irrelevance, or assert defiantly that they are indeed important.