Please help me welcome author Liesel Hill to the blog today!
Hello Everyone! A big thank you to Crystal for hosting me here today!
Today I want to talk to you about the New Adult genre. It’s a relatively new classification and many people are unfamiliar with it. In fact, the definitions of New Adult are so broad and varied, that it can be challenging to understand.
New Adult is often thought of as mid-way between YA and adult.
a. It can mean that it still has teenaged characters, but they’re older teens (eighteen or nineteen) rather than the typical 13-16 year old range.
b. Alternately, it can mean even older characters—twenty something—but without adult content. Most ‘adult’ novels come with unspoken R-ratings, where NAs are typically clean reads. PG-13 at the worst.
c. It can also be a cross-over of genres, ages, characters, etc.
As I said, definitions can vary, but it’s becoming a prevalent genre. Many people like to read NA to take a break from teenage angst or get away from problems that center around adolescence. NA characters still deal with angst, drama, romance, and all the things YA characters do, but they’re in a more grown-up realm.
For me, writing NA wasn’t a conscious decision. I had a story in mind, and the characters just happened to be in their twenties rather than their teens. It wasn’t until I tried to categorize my book that I realized it fit nicely into the NA niche.
If you’ve never read NA, I’d suggest you try it out. Like any other target age, some NAs are fabulously written, while others kinda stink. But you’ll never know what you’re missing until you put a toe outside your normal reading genre and try something new.
Happy reading, Everyone! Here’s to new niches that make bookish life a little more intriguing!