I often get asked to explain the New Adult
genre. After my explanation, nine times out of ten the next question will be: “It’s
just sexed up YA, right?”
I won’t deny that a huge amount of New
Adult books have sex scenes in them, but that is not what NA is. In my previous
post I explained that the characters in NA are usually aged between nineteen
and twenty-five, often in college, dipping their toes in the independence pool
and settling down to begin a family. But not all of these books involve sex.
It’s this transition in life that New Adult
focuses on. The important rites of passage associated with leaving home.
It’s not just about becoming independent,
but adapting to being out in the big world alone. There are no parents in the
next room to run to, no dinner ready and waiting, no one providing all
the things taken for granted when living at home.
The next question I get asked is, “Doesn’t
it have stronger language?”
Once again, no.
The use of profanity does
not define a genre. I’ve read plenty of adult books without swear words, and
the same can be said for New Adult.
As the genre grows, the diversity of the
content grows too. Christian, thriller, horror and urban fantasy to name but a
few, are all available as New Adult books. Many are clean, many are not. All
are New Adult.
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