Step aside Young Adult Fiction, you’ve got some competition. Who is this new threat — or rather close relative — to the beloved teen genre, you may be asking? It’s called New Adult.
New Adult isn’t necessarily a new thing. However, this is the first time it’s really had a name of it’s own — instead of being lumped in with the YA, Chick Lit, or other genres of the like.
This genre focuses on protagonists between the ages of 18 – 30 years of age.
While containing similar themes to a Young Adult novel, New Adult tends to exhibit more of the problems and experiences that may be occurring in the life of an individual in the New Adult age group (the 20-somethings).
Most New Adult explores the world of universities, job searching, leaving home, and learning what the “real world” is all about. However, it is not limited to this. Some common subgenres of New Adult include historical, dystopian, punk, and fantasy, among others.
It has always been very common for readers to keep themselves chained to the YA universe even as they progress further and further into their 20’s. This can be part of the fear of the ever imposing “adult” books that can oftentimes be considered boring or depressing by those who haven’t read many of them.
It is not to say that anything is wrong with continuing to read YA into your 20’s. However, it has got to get a little boring for all of these 20-somethings — and even some older individuals — to be limiting themselves to stories that may no longer be relatable to their own lives.
New Adult pushes the boundaries of YA and exposes its readers to new and exciting topics that would be considered possibly too mature or risque for the YA genre. New Adult brings the opportunity for more intriguing and complex plots, with room to explore more dynamic characters and riveting universes.
Why you should be reading a New Adult novel:
- All the fun of YA, with more real world or “grown up” problems.
- Can be funny and quick witted, or more serious and dramatic.
- Often times sexy and flirtatious.
- Usually a fast and easy read, but with rewarding pay off.
- More complex characters and plots.
Why you should be writing a New Adult novel:
- It will be fun.
- You get to explore the world of a 20-something.
- They are very in demand.
- They appeal to a wide audience: both young adult and adult readers.
- You can create dynamic characters and stories that may have pushed the regulations of a typical YA novel.
But where do you start?
Check out popular New Adult novelists and find out what subgenre of New Adult you’d like to explore. Some popular New Adult authors include Colleen Hoover, Jamie McGuire, and Cora Carmack.
A great list of other new and notable New Adult novelists can be found on GoodReads, as well as a list of what’s new in New Adult Fiction.
New Adult is nothing new. It’s just finally getting the recognition it deserves as it’s own genre. Now is the time, when this “new” genre is getting so much attention, to strike while the iron is hot!
Get to writing, and your New Adult novel may be the next big thing, topping the charts on GoodReads and other notable lists of the like.
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