First off, I’m going to point everyone over to this article here where Molly Wetta explains it quite nicely so I don’t have to again. Also, Wikipedia was— as always — of marvelous help prior to reading Wetta’s article.
To summarize though:
New Adult fiction, abbreviated NA (like YA for Young Adult) is a proposed up-and-coming genre heading for fiction with protagonists ages 18-25 or so. It’s like an older YA where things like actual sex, identity, what happens when you’ve finally reached that all encompassing age of legalized adulthood, new or first jobs, college, engagements and weddings, etc. are the prominent topics and themes found in such books.
Which… I guess… is all fine, well, and good.
But I still don’t… I dunno. It’s weird for me. Why can’t we just keep calling it YA or older YA?
I mean… that age grouping they’re talking about is still technically young adults anyway, so what’s the problem?
If it’s that pesky thing about wanting to have even more risqué things in these books than what would be in regular YA, but not wanting some 11 or 12 year old picking it up, then… just… warning on the back cover? IDK????
Besides, kids are gonna pick up and read whatever the fuck they want to anyway. I certainly did. XD I was notorious for reading books waaaay above and beyond my “supposed” age range. In fact, I rarely read anything for my “appropriate age” growing up unless it was classical children’s books that were actually written with intelligence and big words. *eye roll*
But what do you guys think?
Should we have a brand-new NA section in bookstores, libraries, and genre topic headings, or just leave it as YA like it is now?