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I kinda hope it's necromancers. It seems like that's usually a good time.
Oh my god yes! Sandy Everygirl(sorry for the conventional gender roles, but bestsellers can't be too revolutionary) moves to a new town and high school in let's say Vermont and is intrigued by the outsider boy who is a moderately rebellious scion of a family of ancient necromancers, who only raise the dead because they are lonely. Or if they need free labour or just for whatever. Everyone else dresses like they are from an Abercrombie commercial and the necromancers look like they wandered off of a Tim Burton set. The boy has as a sidekick a family heirloom skeleton named Catherine, who dispenses valuable relationship advise, which she(it) knows, because while alive, she was one of the mistresses of Charles II before dying of smallpox in 1676. Also we learn that zombie is just a name for a very fresh animated skeleton, ignoring caribbean folk lore altogether. Probably there is some sort of plot for a necromantic world domination by some other clan of not so nice necromancers, who get their raw materials not by raiding stealing corpses from medical schools, but by killing people directly. And they could be lead by a lich! Or a mummy! And have vampire thralls!
Perhaps faerie-aliens? I think one of the alien races in Star Control 2 was something like that.
Yes! The Arilou had this sort of implication that when they'd visited Earth in the past, people thought they were fairies, something like that. (Here's the file with the text for conversations with them, for the curious.)
That leaves the originality of the particular take on it and the anticipation of what the next big thing is. I just hope it's something that hasn't been done very many times at this point.
I could definitely go for some more fairy-centric fantasy, but I kinda hope it's necromancers. It seems like that's usually a good time.
There's probably mileage in fictional takes on Jacques Vallee's Magonia hypothesis (the idea that 20th Century UFO sightings and close encounter experiences were the result of interactions with otherdimensional entities who had masqueraded as faeries and angels and the like in the past, updating their disguises to suit cultural trends).
evil nazi werewolves
Now this might be just overkill on the whole evil spectrum, but if we take this suggestion of Walter Sobchak's seriously:
"say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos."
Then would an evil nazi, a nazi that diverges from that ethos in a radical and systematic way, actually be kind of an okay person? This would be a good thing to know when confronting a werewolf.
Arthur: the first real source we have for a full-on werewolf-vs-vampire death grudge seems to be, of all things, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Oh hey, yeah, I remember that one. I guess it did have some decent vampire v. werewolf action, at that.
Janne: Perhaps faerie-aliens?
Interesting idea - I like it.
Shimmin: you could do a story where the werewolf remains aware and in a position to plan during their transformation, while the vampires really are vulnerable by day, ferocious and not-that-intelligent by night, and bound by strange rules and obsessions.
That also sounds like a potentially engaging premise. I expect you could do some pretty neat stuff with it.
The idea of a werewolf as an evil, vampire controlling mastermind is a good one. Vampires are overpowered and have been pretty much removed from their folk origins as horrible and rather disgusting, odd behaving monsters. If there were more vampire fruit in fiction, perhaps they would be regarded less awesomely.
Bigby Wolf from The Fables is an example of an intelligent werewolf(technically). They also had a village of evil nazi werewolves at some point.
Physically powerful monsters tend to play second fiddle to intelligent ones, because that's a trope - it's a bit harder to conjure up a story where vampires are the lackeys of a werewolf, both because we aren't used to stories like that, and because an archvillain that's in a mindless rampage a few days a month is harder to explain. The werewolves' bestial nature makes it easier to position them as pets and/or slaves.
Now you could do a story where the werewolf remains aware and in a position to plan during their transformation, while the vampires really are vulnerable by day, ferocious and not-that-intelligent by night, and bound by strange rules and obsessions. In that case they might well work as servants to a werewolf boss.
In many ways, vampire fever is as strong as ever, which seems to have shifted to a more low key, but more serious tone, with Only lovers left alive, for example, making the rounds. Also Hannibal feels like a riff on vampires and that seems to be a popular show.
And this has gone on forever, the apex might've been Twilight, but it's been vampires this and that all the time! When was the last time that they weren't in fashion? Maybe with all of this attention on what is hype at any given moment misses the point that some things never seem to leave the spotlight at all. Still, it would be nice to see something else for a change. Perhaps faerie-aliens? I think one of the alien races in Star Control 2 was something like that. With that sort of cultural and temporal relevance, I can't understand why that is not a huge thing.
In those, Dracula and the Wolfman meet in House of Dracula, but they only have a brief, almost incidental conflict there because Dracula exits the movie comparatively early on (it isn't a very well-named film). It doesn't really depict the sort of full-blown grudge we're talking about here. Apparently Universal were considering making The Wolfman vs. Dracula before collapsing ticket sales convinced them that the classic monsters were played out and the characters were retired except for self-parodying comedies.
So as far as I can make out, the first real source we have for a full-on werewolf-vs-vampire death grudge seems to be, of all things, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. Most preceding stuff seems to either imply that woofles and vamps are on the same side or presents them as being essentially the same thing. (Dracula turns into a big woofle, after all.)
As to that question, though, I think there's another Next Big Thing in progress, and it's werewolves/werewhatevers. There's Teen Wolf, which seems to be pretty popular. Judging from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, there seem to be loads and loads of romances featuring werecreatures recently. And there also seems to be more fanfic than usual recently that cribs off... certain werewolf tropes (i.e. people's idea of pack dynamics, mating cycles, and soulbond stuff that I absolutely blame Twilight for).
And absolutely the followup is really minimal for JS&MN. Which I think is both good and bad - it means that when you talk about Regency Fantasy, you still have this masterpiece to point to and discuss - and that there's not a lot to really set it off.
Sure, there are things that peek around the sides of it now - Mary Robinette Kowal's Regency fantasies on one side, and Seanan McGuire's October Daye fairy noir on the other
I wouldn't put it like that. I mean, fae in urban fantasy were already a thing before Strange & Norrell (see: Merry Gentry series, Dresden Files, possibly more I don't know about (maybe you'd count the Changeling stuff from White Wolf as part of that whole thing, too; I'm not sure)). I think the October Daye books are much more along those lines (in general setting and tone, I mean) than along the lines of Strange & Norrell. And the fae themselves in those seem a bit more "humans plus/minus" than eerie and alien. (Which I don't think is really a bad thing, just a different thing.) So I think the influence/followup is even less than that.
(Not commenting on Kowal's books, since I'm not familiar with them.)
...I can think of another, recent, urban-fantasy-involving-fae series, the Grave Witch books, but I can't exactly recommend them (I remember the first two being reasonably interesting to me plotwise but being extremely irritating and unconvincing in the "romance subplot" department, and I think having some rapey elements?).
We are getting a Jonathan Strange BBC miniseries next year, and there's that Lost Girl series in Canada.