I'm currently getting ready to query my YA superhero novel and from the responses I've gotten to my draft query so far it seems people think the superhero genre is too cliched and a "hard sell" right now. My question is, should I even mention superheroes in my query or would it be better to market it as just fantasy/sci-fi about characters with special abilities?
I can understand why some genres are played out (i.e. dystopian fiction because of Hunger Games, Divergent, etc.) but what is it about superheroes that makes this a turn off for some people? I know we have like a bajillion Marvel and DC movies coming out right now, but amongst YA fiction there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of superhero stories, at least not on the bestsellers' list. The only major books in recent years I can think of is Brandon Sanderson's Reckoners series, where the supers aren't even the heroes. It seems like a more traditional superhero story (especially one with a female main character like mine) would be able to find an audience, but maybe I'm wrong.