Tuesday, 16 April 2013

N is for New Adult

Speaking of trends in literature... wait, we weren't? Well there are only so many ways to start a blog post!

I'm in a bit of a strange mood today so forgive me if I ramble or don't make much.

This is going to sound very strange but, although I haven't actually read any books that have 'officially' been dubbed 'New Adult' I am in full support of it. I don't think it's a gimmick at all.

The reason why I like YA so much is it seems to be written at a faster pace than books geared at adults. Perhaps this is because the 'typical' teenager has to be coaxed into reading, and needs placated with lots of things happening. Before my dad went into

I think I was a fan of the idea of New Adult even before it was a thing. I had always thought, "Wouldn't it be great if there was YA but with a bit more... oomph?" It also affected my writing a bit. Characters weren't 16 or 17 but 18 or 19 and going through different things in their lives, irrespective of whether it was fantasy or contemporary.

Lo and behold, NA is now a thing. Granted it's still kind of underground, and I think most NA books are self published but I can definitely see it catching on. I just need to start reading some of these books. WHERE'S MY KINDLE?

What do you think about the New Adult category? Have you read (or written!) a NA book?

Sarah x


  1. NA? New Adult? Hmmm. Trying to get in on a cache market. Good luck in your studies.

    Susan Kane @

  2. I love New Adult - it's the perfect bridge between YA and adult fiction, and I think it's about the time in your life when you're legally an adult but still don't feel like one and are still figuring everything out - like where I am right now! When I was submitting my novel to publishers I was worried that the characters, who are 18/19-year old university students, might be seen as too old for YA, but thankfully the emerging popularity of New Adult meant that more publishers were willing to consider books in this category, and I got an offer of publication from Curiosity Quills. I'm hoping to see more successful novels come out of this category!

  3. Second time I have seen New Adult today.

    Great post and great posts so far!

    Tim Brannan
    The Other Side and The Witch
    Red Sonja: She-Devil with a Sword
    The Freedom of Nonbelief

  4. I'm all for New Adult. Honestly, I think most of those YA paranormal romances would work better in a college setting. At least there the absent parents makes sense. :)

    Great post, and great blog.


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