When things are slow at the book store, I walk around and try to find the new Trend in publishing. Lately, I have been struck by the number of books with the word "happy" or "happiness" in the title. There are lots of new novels:
A Happy Marriage, by Rafael Yglesias
I'm So Happy for You, by Lucinda Rosenfeld
Pharmakon, or the Story of a Happy Family, by Dirk Wittenborn
Happy Families, by Carlos Fuentes
Secrets to Happiness, by Sarah Dunn
Pieces of Happily Ever After, by Irene Zutell
Happy Trails to You, by Julie Hecht
Happiness Key, by Emilie Richards
And even more nonfiction. I'm not going to bother listing them.
What is it all about? Do we want to read about happy people, rather than depressed ones? Is it because we're happy, or because we're not? I've noticed, too, that more novels have happy endings; it used to be that romances and chick lit did that, but now everyone does. At first I was surprised and touched, but now I'm slightly creeped out.