Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Shop-Talk: Young Adults, New Adults…and Adults


One of my critique partners is a dedicated reader of Young Adult fiction. I mean as in, reads nothing else. Thanks to her, I’ve read far more YA in the past two or three years than I would have thought possible. Finally, about six months ago, I reached saturation point. I thought if I saw one more sixteen- or seventeen-year-old heroine who discovered magical powers and a new mysterious boy in school with whom she must join forces in order to save the world….I would scream. And yet every month when I put together my list of new releases, there are more and more and more and more YAs.

What are the adults reading? God help us if it’s only 50 Shades of Grey. (Okay, to be fair I haven’t read it. I’ve read a few excerpts. Don’t even get me started, but there are better-written erotic novels out there.)

But of course it isn’t just 50 Shades of Whatever. It’s also YA. Why do so many adults read YA? Because it’s not just the tween set that has propelled this genre into such prominence. I have a few theories:

1)      The curiosity bandwagon. Harry Potter. Twilight. Hunger Games. These YA series have gotten so much media attention that everyone wants to see what the fuss is about, and it’s only been exacerbated by the movies.

2)      Perpetual adolescence. At the risk of sounding like an old fart, by the time I was 18, I was hell-bent on leaving home and being an adult. Being a teenager and hanging around the parents until I was in my 20s would have sounded like sheer hell. Yeah, it’s a different world now, better in some ways. But nobody wants to grow up. Why is that? I have no idea. I think this article goes a bit far, but makes interesting points.
          
3) The publishing industry. If you see Publisher X make bazillions of dollars on a Young Adult series, then Publisher A, B, C, and Z are going to look for their own YA megaseller. Authors watching the sales listings see that almost the only books publishers are buying are YA, so they all rush to write their own YA books. And on and on it snowballs until, in a recent month, there were 125 new releases in speculative fiction, and more than 70 of them were YA.

So, I asked my friend why she, in her late 20s, wants to read about teenagers, and her rationale was much more thoughtful than mine. Here were some of her reasons: it’s a “pure” time of life when people are at their most emotionally raw, when they’re trying to learn who they are and who they want to be, when they’re discovering their physical as well as intellectual and emotional powers and limitations. So it makes for good drama.

Recently, I read that YA is on the decline, and that the new emerging genre is “new adult”—where the heroes and heroines are 18-22-year-olds. Which sort of sounds like an extension of adolescence to me.

What are your thoughts? Are you a fan of YA? Are you getting burned out on it? Why do you like or not like it?

One commenter will be chosen to win a choice of three titles from the YA titles in my Book Horde list (heh).

53 comments:

  1. The first thing I think of is I don't read YA. Then realize I do. It started with Book Signings, Kim Harrison's Madison Avery & Kimberly Derting's Body Finders. Then it has expanded because of being a completest of some authors, Marta Acosta's Dark Companion, Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising, Jennifer Estep's Mythos Academy, Kelly Keaton [Kelly Gay] NEW 2, Chloe Neill's Dark Elite & Carrie Vaughn's Voices of Dragons. Guess I read more YA than I thought.

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    1. LOL. You are a YA reader! I think that makes the point, though, that a lot of authors have dipped their toes in the YA pool because they know that's what is selling--or at least that's what the publishers are buying. Fans of those authors will follow them to a different genre. And some of the YA is just good writing that happens to also be YA.

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  2. I was reading a lot of YA for a while but got burned out on too much teenage angst. There were some books that I really enjoyed, including the Harry Potter books and The Hunger Games trilogy but I found that a lot of young adult books just aren't that unique or well written.

    I will still read an occasional YA book if I find one that interests me.

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    1. I absolutely adore the Harry Potter series and for me it's one of those series that's so well done that it transcends genre. I found Twilight too angst-riddled for me, although it was easy to get caught up in the emotion of it. I haven't yet read the HG series (it's been on my TBR pile for over a year) but have heard good things about it. I've gotten really picky with my YA now.

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  3. I think Harry Potter was one of the reasons why I started reading YA/childrens' books. My oldest was 10 years old when the HP series became popular and as each book came out, his reading level improved so that we were fighting over the books as we got them.
    I started reading a lot of YA when Twilight came out. I used to be an avid reader before, but with small children and job and real life, reading dropped. I think that because of Twilight, I've discovered many other genres of books that are way more interesting to me, along with many book blogging friends with similar interests. I've also become pickier at what I read and what I'll believe in a book.
    I have read several books in the NA category and I have enjoyed them immensely, but I think I would have enjoyed them no matter what category they would be in. I'm thinking of Easy and Pushing the Limits which were well written and if I had a daughter I would make sure that she read those books.
    I do agree that NA books reflect society today where young adults are prolonging their time at home and their adolescence.

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    1. I like the New Adult category because there's been a black hole between YA and adult fiction for a long time. When I wrote Royal Street, I originally had DJ be 22 because I knew I was going to jump at least two or three years between book one and book two to get past the hurricane recovery, but my editor said she had to be at least 25. At that time, main characters between 17 and 25 barely existed.

      I think for a while, the YA books were some of the freshest and most original being published but I started seeing a sameness to them.

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  4. I read a lot of YA.
    My reasons:
    1 - I love Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic settings and there just seem to be more YA books with these settings than Adult books. (if anyone knows any adult books feel free to suggest some to me)
    2 - It's easy reading. YA is often simpler in how it's written than Adult books. When I don't have much energy reading YA book is more relaxing than an Adult book.

    I do confess I get tired of all the love triangles in YA and the forced cliffhanger endings for books in YA series.

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    1. Your #1 reason is why I've read so many. I love dystopian/post-apocalyptic too, and there have been a lot of YAs in that category. There are some adult series: John Barnes' Daybreak series comes to mind immediately. James Jaros has a duology (Carry the Flame, Burn Down the Sky)...Others, anyone?

      You're right about #2--hadn't thought about it. I have picked up YAs when I wanted a quick read. They tend to be shorter, with simpler plots...not always a bad thing.

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  5. I do read a good bit of YA, but not as much as I did a year ago. I'm not sure of the exact reason I loved it, maybe b/c I could find something that I was missing in Adult Fiction at that time. I love reading about a time in life when it seems like anything is possible. But I would never want to be a teen again! After a while, though, I found that I was becoming bored annoyed w/the same old, same old.

    And I feel like adults reading YA put a pressure on the story/characters that doesn't belong there. Readers get angry when the teen girl makes a mistake, but being a teen is all about making mistakes. And don't get me started on those who lust after 15-16 yo boys and want the teenage couple to just hurry up and have sex.

    I've found that I like to genre hop. If I get tired of teens, I read Adult Fiction, UF, PNR. I love "new adult", but I don't like when people dismiss it as "YA w/sex". I don't care what you call it, it's fitting a niche readers have been missing.

    Wow. As it turns out, I have A LOT of thoughts about this subject. Sorry for taking over the comment section. Thanks for the discussion!

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    1. This discussion has reminded me of some of the things I like about YA--that discovery process. I think I'd just read too many of those "discover hidden powers and save the world" plots and it drove me away from the whole genre. I have a ton of YA in my TBR pile so I might venture back in eventually.

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  6. SOME of the YA are just well written books. Period. However, some are just as you described: young girl + magic powers + hot guy= saves the world. I'm also bored of the look-alike covers featuring various shirtless hunks. Don't get me wrong, I love some beefcake, but not as a steady diet. Be creative!
    I don't really go with labels of YA or Adult, I'd rather go with good content.
    I like to see characters in YA books grow and mature, just as in real life. Some YA series don't have a lot of growth in them. Things change and grow in real life and should in books, too.

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    1. True...the criteria should just be: is it a good book? And the age of the protagonist shouldn't matter. I'm also burned out on what I call the "fab ab" covers in PNR, but when I asked that my PNR series (under the Susannah Sandlin name) not be given those covers, I think it hurt sales because readers didn't immediately see those books and think "paranormal romance." I think I see a topic for next week!

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  7. I definitely read quite a bit more YA than I did a year or two ago. I was at the Los Angeles Festival of Books with a couple of folks from the blogosphere, and that's where I picked up my very first YA. (Richelle Mead - I'm looking at you!)

    I like the angst and self-discovery of YA. Making crappy choices and learning from them. What I'm not so fond of is the ever popular love triangles/squares, or the "chosen one" mythos.

    I love intricate world building and fun ideas with characters that evoke a lot of emotion (for better OR worse).. and YA satisfies me in that aspect :)

    I like the "New Adult" as well, but like Andrea above, I'm not fond of it being labeled "YA with sex".. I know I changed as a person from when I was 17, to 23 and again later on, at 30. I think New Adult in general can be explored in many different ways and I look forward to reading books that do that in the near future :)

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    1. Totally agree about New Adult. It has to be more than YA with sex. The life issues being faced by a 21-year-old are very different than a 16- or 17-year-old. I'm interested in where this "new" genre goes!

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  8. I don't read a lot of YA in general but I have read YA in the past. In fact, last year some of my favorite reads were YA - Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout and The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle. I think I do like the heightened drama, self-discovery, and the possibility of it all. Basically, what other people have said. And when done well, when the teens in these books are realistically and compellingly dealing with serious issues and ideas, there is a sense of identification or understanding involved. For example, I loved The Hallowed Ones and the issues of faith and conformity the main character struggled with and felt like that struggle was universal and one that even adults could identify with.

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    1. I'm glad you mentioned Jennifer Armentrout, Lee. I do love her Lux series. Yes, it's teens with special powers in school. But she has such a fresh voice and great humor. So there are still some good things coming out.

      I haven't read the Laura Bickle books, but have heard good things about them.

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  9. I do like YA, but more the paranormal or dystopian novels. I don't really like the contemporary YA books out there, until New Adult came along! :)

    I guess I just have outgrown the high school scene and moved onto the college-aged one!

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    Leanne
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    1. I honestly haven't read outside the YA paranormal/dystopian genre, so I'm not familiar with the contemporaries (I tend not to read contemporary adult books, either. Hm....) But I guess different genres appeal to us at different ages for different reasons. Reading is always good!

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  10. I used not to like contemporary novels... and this year I started reading some and loved them! Mostly contemporary YA indeed. My favorite read in this genre in 2012 was Anna and the French kiss.

    And I noticed that, at least in the contemporary books I've read, it hits me when adults act like teens! It is so weird... I know we all do that once in a while, but some adults in adult novels just... turn me off. And then come that YA books.

    I found it easier, now that I am actually older (in my late thirties), to read YA and children's books. I used to read a lot of adult and serious books when I WAS A TEEN O___O ... and now me needz my YA quota! lol

    Especially when well-written, I can totally enter the mind of younger characters, with their indecisions and life choices and loves and hates...

    You know why? No matter the age, no matter if the character is young, new adult or adult, they need to be cool and relatable, and that's what make me choose the books, not the age range.

    I will not just move into another scene just because trends tell me to. I will keep on reading what I like, be it YA, new adult or adult.

    That's it!

    {Oh, and totally read THG! I was ignoring it because of the hype... read all 3 books in 2012 and loved them all!}

    xoxo

    Ana

    personaldeath (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Thanks, Ana--I've heard THG is really great. I have a friend who doesn't read YA or dystopian books...and absolutely loved it. I think in the end, a good story will will out regardless of genre, as in the Harry Potter series. It's just when they break out BIG, it influences the industry so deeply that genres can get oversold.

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  11. i love a bit YA, perhaps because the psyochology is important yes but i'm also difficult because for me it must give hope not make those youngs act like adults ( sex, drugs etc) so it will depend on teh story not relly of the genre to catch my interest

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    1. I think you're right in that it's the story that counts more than the ages of the characters or the genres. But some of these YA dystopians are much darker and more violent than the adult books. Sex and language seem to be the only no-nos for YA. Which could be another topic :-)

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  12. Well believe it or not I hated reading up until I was 44yr. It was then that my daughter talked me into reading the first book in the Twilight Saga, my first impression was wow that is a big book lol... however I did get through it and the other three in the saga twice! And now I am 49yr. and I love to read and actually have a library of books that I have read and very much enjoyed!So even though I don't read YA books now, it was a YA series that got me on the road to many adventures and a never ending journey that I enjoy every !!!
    Happy reading and writing*
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    morris1963tess@yahoo.com

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    1. Well I'm glad the Twilight series brought you back to reading, Teresa! I did read all the books (although I only saw the first movie and thought the special effects were awful), and whatever I thought about the writing or whether Bella was a doormat, it did bring a lot of people back to vampires. And that's always a good thing :-)

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  13. Nope, not tired of it yet and I hope that never happens! When I picked up reading again, it was a huge step for me and definitely gave me something that I was missing in my life. It gave me a break from the stresses in my life and I feel helped me be a better all around person by helping me relax and giving me something outside of just mommy. I loved the romance genre and tended to stick with that being either historical, contemporary, science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, erotic or my very favorite Paranormal. I steered clear of the Young Adult. I saw it around, heard bloggers talk about it and other authors I followed recommend it, but I didn't think it was something I would like. I'm a stay at home mom in my 30's, what could Young Adult give me? I didn't think much! I loved those hot bedroom scenes in my adult books, I loved the adult situations and language so Young Adult didn't seem for me. I hadn't been a teenager in years. It wasn't until I entered a contest on an authors blog and instead of wining the book I entered the contest for, I ended up wining a Young Adult book. It sat on my shelf for a few months until I was hit with the flu. I picked it up to pass the time and was so surprised how blown away with it I was. It brought me back to a time and place in my life where I was ruled by my emotions. When falling in love was the most important thing in my life. I forgot the innocence that ruled my life at that time. I realized that though I love those hot steamy scenes in my other books, that the young Adult genre could offer so much more. It showed me that two characters could still have the same sexual heat and chemistry with just a look, or a touch and that it could still bring butterflies to my stomach reading about it! I've been loyal ever since! As of recently, I have only gotten my hands on a couple of New Adult books and though I've heard there is a little more heat to this genre, the ones I've read have been on the bland side. I am excited to get to ones that are a little more steamy. I feel like this new genre are geared a little more to readers like me who love Young Adult but also wish for more storylines geared toward the adult and not the teenager. It feels like my wish of Young Adult molding with my love of the more adult books is coming to the forefront and I cannot wait to try out some more of these books!!!

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    1. I'm watching the New Adult genre with a lot of interest too, Jolene. I was talking with someone yesterday about a book called HUSHED by Kelley York. It was probably the first New Adult book I read, and found it fascinating. It's a contemporary, not paranormal, and I probably wouldn't have read it if I hadn't been doing copyediting for it, but it made me really look forward to where this genre might go. (Warning: it's a violent book.)

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    2. Thanks Suzanne, I'm going to look into that book :)

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  14. Suzanne,

    WOW! You sure stirred up the troops with this post. It's real nice to see so many comments about YA & NA as genre. My entry into Urban Fantasy started when my daughter wanted me to read Harry Potter and I read Dead Witch Walking instead. Now I have many Urban Fantasy authors that I follow faithfully. And one or two Paranormal Romance. Thanks to Susannah Sandlin and J.R. Ward. Richelle Mead is going to be at Anderson's in Naperville in February. More books for me to get signed. I have her Georgina Kincaid and Dark Swan series. Will now have to get the Vampire Academy books. Age must not have too much to do with it as I'm a 71 year old male. LOL.

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    1. LOL. I don't think it has anything to do with age, Roger. I think we tend to follow authors we like. I'd probably read anything JR Ward wrote just because I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood books so much. Same with Kim Harrison. So it's a combination of good storytelling and good writing.

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  15. I read a lot of YA (my reading choices are split fairly equally between YA, spec fic, and romance; and I read 70 books in 2012). However, I don't read contemporary. I stick exclusively to fantasy/paranormal/dystopian/otherwise "non-norm" genres--just like I do in my non-YA reading. So, my insight into "coming of age" or other "teen rebellion" works doesn't exist, as they don't catch my interest.

    It just seems to me that thanks to The Hunger Games, more YA publishers are willing to publish dystopian themes since that's "big" right now, so there's a plethora of choices for me. I can choose from in-the-middle-of-the-crisis stories (a few that came out in 2012: Struck by Jennifer Bosworth, Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne, or Angelfall by Susan Ee; all titles I would recommend) or commentaries on dysfunctional societies after a crisis has fundamentally changed the way everything is run (oh god, there are so many of these that a list would be excessive, but for a start you've got the Matched series by Ally Condie, Article 5 by Kristen Simmons, Divergent series by Jennifer Roth and the Enclave series by Ann Aguirre <--These 2 are my favorite after Hunger Games that I've read so far). It's hard for me to think of adult dystopians that don't involve zombies (but that's also because I like zombie books so I hear about those too).

    Another factor is there are a TON of YA book bloggers so it is really easy for me to generate a reading list positively stuffed with YA titles. I have a list about 200 books long just of books that have come out within the past year-and-a-half that I read a review of or heard about and don't want to forget about reading someday. Half of that is YA titles, because they have REALLY GOOD PR machines and YA-focused bloggers.

    Honestly, I'm neither attracted to OR put off by teenage protags--I'm more interested in the genre/type of story being told. When I read YA I have to accept that there will probably be some sort of love triangle and teenage angst, but other than that I see more similarities than differences when I compare the YA and the spec fic I read.

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    1. You make a good point--I think there are tired plot lines in adult fiction as well. I struggled with my own series, especially the vampire books, to try and find a different twist on a trope that's in danger of oversaturation. Right now we're deep in dystopian fiction, and as the economy gets bad and people have overdosed on paranormal, we're seeing more contemporaries being released (although, like you, I generally don't read them).

      Very good point about the online YA community. It's huge and the bloggers and authors and readers are organized and tuned in to each other. The adult fiction community, maybe because of older readers or whatever, is not so well organized. Too diverse, maybe.

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    2. The YA blogger community is VERY organized. They run coordinated giveaways each month across a slew of blogs, and there are so many organized blog tours for YA books/authors, much more than adult (or at least that I come across, and I read a LOT of book blogs). It is much more of a community atmosphere, and a lot of blogs link to each other and each others' giveaways--I don't really see that as much in other blogs I come across. It is so much easier for me to find YA blogs that produce consistent quality content, both in book reviews and giveaways. And I do admit, I am drawn in by blogs that offer giveaways--if they offer them, their blog seems to me to be much more put-together and "legit" as opposed to a more casual "hey I read this book and this is my opinion." And the opportunity to win books is always a draw, obviously.

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  16. Don't read many YA since they mostly seem to be series books and the books are not standalone.

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    1. They are almost all series books, but so are urban fantasy, fantasy, and paranormal romance. It's really, really hard to find standalone books these days.

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  17. I like reading YA for all the teenage angst present however I'm not a fan of the love triangle angle that most of them seem to have.

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    1. LOL. I never knew people hated love triangles so much until I wrote one and got blasted for it :-) I don't think I've read enough romance books!

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  18. YA is one of my fave genre and now I'm a fans of NA and blame my friends that recommended this genre to me *lol

    And the first book that make me love YA is iron king by julie kagawa, and I think her imagination is really awesome and I'm fall in love with ash 1000 times *grin

    I have one friend who don't want to read YA because she said YA was for teenager hemm she just don't know how great YA book, you can be addicted and once you read the book, you will read and read again :)

    Actually I love reading every genre as long as the ending is happy ending story :)

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    1. I have the Julie Kagawa series in my TBR pile (signed, even) but haven't had a chance to read them. I've heard REALLY good things about that series, though--and sounds like you agree!

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  19. I do enjoy YA books, especially those from writers that I'm already familar with their adult books

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    1. It has been interesting as I look at how to diversify my own writing career, to look at how many adult authors have delved into YA as a way of finding new readers and also being able to publish more books. I think I missed out on that train, though :-)

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  20. Like all other genres it really depends on how accomplished the writing is & the story. I've read a few YA which I've enjoyed tho I steer clear of anything contemporary. If it's fantasy or SF the chances are I'd give it a try if it sounded interesting. I actually adore the "discovering magical powers" type stories! Maybe I've always wished that that would happen to me. =)

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  21. I am a huge YA reader. I love the paranormal books especially, as well as the dystopians, and try to steer clear of the contemporaries. Although I have to agree with what you wrote- I am getting sick of the many stereotypes, the mysterious new boy, the sudden magical powers. It's getting harder and harder to find good YA books, but I'm happy to have a read a lot of awesome ones. The ones with unique settings and strong heroines are my favorites (like Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Vampire Academy, Soul Screamers, The Iron Fey, to name a few), and I absolutely am sick of love triangles.

    Recently, I've begun reading adult UF, and I've been loving it, like Fever, Shifters, Dark Swan, and the Succubus series. And I've heard of New Adult, but I don't think I'll be reading it, since they're mostly contemporaries, and I like paranormal elements. :)

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  22. I'm not a big fan of young adult books. But having said that, many of my favorite authors are now writing young adult stories. I'm more willing to give their YA books a try because I already love their adult stories.

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  23. I've read The HP and Twilight series and enjoyed both, however, in general I don't read YA at all. My two exceptions are Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series (so inventive!) and Jennifer Estep's Mythos Academy (which I only started because I adore her adult UF series). I think the main reason I don't like YA is that I hated high school and was pretty miserable as a teenager, so I have no desire to go back there. Also, I'm not a fan of dystopians so that rules out a bunch of them.

    On the other hand, I've really enjoyed the contemporary New Adult novels I've read, and the UFs that have featured leads in that age range although they are still pretty rare. (I highly recommend Hold Me Closer Necromancer by Lish Mcbride featuring a 19 YO lead character as a good example in UF). If it's done correctly, NA is very different from YA. These aren't just older "teens". The best NA features "new" adults trying to find their own path in a big, and sometimes bad world. This mirrors my own experience. It wasn't until I left home for college that I truly started to make my own choices and live independently. It's just not realistic in a 16 YO, whereas it's totally realistic in a 19 or 20 YO. See, I would have been fine with DJ being 22 LOL.

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  24. I read a lot of YA. But I prefer the more mature YA books. There are definitely some books that are written for younger audiences. But one of my favorite new genres, dystopia, is mostly YA. And I find most of those books to be quite complex.

    I've also recently come across a few New Adult books. And I really like this genre. IT features older characters, more mature themes. And I am anxious to read more.

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  25. I am trying to reply to my own message but it's not working.

    I see a lot of people have not tried YA contemporary. I would recommend: Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door (both by Stephanie Perkins) and Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry. And for New Adult contemporary i would recommend Easy by Tammara Webber.

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  26. I don't read much YA, and those I do read are written by autors I already love in their Adult books. I recently read the Youngblood books by Lynn Viehl, and those are pretty good (although the first one has way too many typo's!).
    And I do think YA is a nice change from the massive amount of sex in most adult books. Even if they are not sold as erotica, they sure would have fit that bill ten years ago.

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  27. YA is my faav genre but it does get annoying when the same kind of story lines keep showing up.

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  28. I do love YA but sometimes it feels like the same thing is being repeated everywhere. Tough I'm 20 I like to mix up YA with more than enough adult books to keep me entertained.

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  29. I'm heading towards 30 and I read YA. Well, actually I read pretty much anything and I am getting a bit tired of people who say 'Ohhh, so you read YA' like it's the only thing I read or it's something bad.
    I read it and I like it. Just as much as I may like any good 'adult' title I read.
    But I decided to blog about YA. I attend Book Fairs about Children Books (as well as any other book fair). Why?
    Because I just don't care how a book is marketed as long as I like it.
    If it's a good book then why cares if it's MG, YA, NA or whatever? There are good books and good stories out there in every genre and for every supposed target age. There are some GREAT YA. And very bad YA, too. And YA has attracted a lot of new readers as well, because it has a way to touch a chord inside that not many adult books have. And the YA community is GREAT.

    (and about that awful article: I live in Italy. I am 26, struggle to find a job and yes, I bounce from an underpaid job to another and I had to go back living with my parents because I cannot afford to pay the rent. This does NOT mean I don't want to grow up. This means things are way different than 10 years ago and for as much as I'd love to get the hell out of here it's either living with my parents or starving.)

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    1. I think we finally came to the conclusion that a good read is a good read and it doesn't matter what "label" anyone's given it. And I agree about that article, by the way. I thought it was interesting, but the guy who wrote it is kind of an academic jackass!

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  30. I've been reading less and less YA lately but I'm very interested in the "New Adult" genre.

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  31. I don't know if I am to late for the contest or not but I thought I would go ahead and comment even though I do love YA books. Thanks Suzanne!!!!!

    I really enjoy reading YA, New Adult and Adult. I like a variety that way I don't get stuck in a rut. I always lean toward the Paranormal part of the category. I don't read them because I want to relive my teenage years or wish I was a teenager again. I just really enjoy the different writing characteristics of the genres. My mother who turned 66 yesterday prefers YA she says because the characters are more innocent and the suspense leading up to the first kiss is what she likes the best.

    As for me I just really love to read!!!

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