Over a decade ago, readers, authors, and publishers alike started to recognize a widening gap between the young adult and adult fiction genres. While the young adult genre tends to encompass stories targeted toward readers ages twelve to eighteen, adult fiction almost always features thirty-year-olds and older. This left out an entire market of twenty-somethings who wanted their stories told as well. Hence, in 2009, St. Martin’s Press coined the term “new adult” to describe this subgenre of fiction that bridged the gap between YA and adult.
new adult fiction
Let me begin by outing myself as a literary snob. On many occasions, I have defended myself against this label, protesting that due to a deep affection for certain titles or authors that are considered to be genre, I clearly love all good storytelling equally and am not an elitist. Nonetheless, when confronted with the […]