Greetings, followers! I have two questions for you today:
1) Do you prefer young adult or adult fiction?
2) What exactly is young adult fiction?
When Omnific Publishing released my first novel — decidedly adult fare — I suddenly heard all about Young Adult fiction. I think I might have even asked fellow author Susan Kaye Quinn “What is YA?” Ha ha. Sure, I’d read the Twilight saga, but back then I hadn’t realized there was a specific category for this age group.
I now understand YA is typically for protagonists ages 14ish to 20ish. But what I’m still trying to grasp is how YA differs from Adult fiction. My confusion only increased when reading the very adult themes in The Hunger Games.
According to Wikipedia, plot, setting, and character are more marketable to young adults than elements like theme and style. At the same time, common themes of YA novels include the problems of youth, like identity, coming of age, drugs, family conflict, sexuality, and depression.
What sets apart YA for you?
I tend to prefer adult fiction because I like to examine events and struggles affecting people like me, at least those rare times when I’m acting like an adult.
However, I have written a couple of YA stories, and I’m particularly interested in the 18-23 demographic. As a psychologist I love working with college students because there is so much growth occurring at that stage of life. It’s exciting to be part of it. I also loved S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, long before I knew it was a YA book!
I’m curious about the huge popularity of YA novels. If you enjoy writing and/or reading YA, what draws you to it?
Aw man, is it Monday already? Must be time for our Meet an Author Monday Blog Hop, hosted by Lisa Sanchez!
Check back on Wednesday when I’ll be participating in the Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop! A print copy of With Good Behavior or Bad Behavior will be up for grabs.