Unfortunately I don’t mean the love we all have for our books and collections. The single minded passion that rarely is matched elsewhere (don’t lie).
No, I’m talking about contemporary books that clearly place themselves in a certain time frame. By this I mean mentioning and incorporating trends of the time into the books. Now clearly any contemporary book written today will automatically be dated compared to future books. I mean today’s book won’t have the bells and whistles that the future books will have, just as reading books from the ‘80s and ‘90s don’t have the same advances in technology and cultural attitudes that current books exhibit.
So there is a sense that is an inevitable byproduct of writing contemporary books. Yet with how popular they are, I don’t see that changing. But I wonder about certain brands or trends being used that may date the book in a more obvious way. Perhaps contemporary books only have a short shelf life. Whereas a historical can be read any time and remains the same, contemporary books get dated quickly and often left aside.
An example of the more obvious "dating" methods used, a few years ago books talked about myspace pages. A trend that is now seriously over and those books feel even more dated regardless that they’re relatively recent. I read a book the other day that mentioned twitter and facebook, which brought the same question back. If for some reason those social medias go by the way of myspace, would that "date" the book even more?
But on the flip side, does that resonate with fans who are reading the right now. Perhaps it doesn’t matter if a reader 3 years from now picks it up and laughs about the outdated references. I mean some books still feature the mullet so what can I say?
What about you, readers?
Are you bothered by obvious dating mechanisms such as trends or social media?
What if you pick up the book for the first time years after?