…and why I need this gap to be filled.
Reflecting myself as a Reader – and why sometimes I need just a little *more*
Let’s start with pointing at myself: I am 34 year old woman, married and in the middle of my life. If you follow this blog and my reviews you see that I read a lot of YA fiction, contemporary and paranormal. And .. I love these stories. Just sometimes, I need to put on my adult panties (as Pushy likes to phrase it) and read some adult stories. Kissing is cute, innocence is cute – but let’s face it, there is more out there and sometimes I miss reading about the “more”.
But, do I want to read stories about people my age? Uhm… nope, definitely not. I want to escape and dream when I read, and also I want to feel young again, getting back to this feeling when everything is overwhelming and every decision of uttermost importance. When you still get to know yourself and everything feels so much more intense.
More Intense, More Drama … just a little bit more!
So, if we take this up a notch, remove young people from their save environment of High School and parental support, add a few years and the same basics as we find in YA but, with the addition of even more intensity and .. yes even Sex. Those kids are older (19-26), College aged and for the first time separated from home. Now, they need to take care of themselves, which adds a whole new world of conflict and drama.
New Adult is the older, sexier version of Young Adult.
And.. I like it! A lot! No, I don’t just like it, right now it perfectly fits my taste and during the last weeks I got addicted to these stories. Seeking out one NA story after the other. And damn it – those stories are intense! They are amazing, and I was utterly compelled, deeply mesmerized and drawn into these stories.
St. Martins definition of New Adult Fiction
“…[n]ew, cutting edge fiction with protagonists who are slightly older than YA and can appeal to an adult audience. Since twenty-somethings are devouring YA, St. Martin’s Press is seeking fiction similar to YA that can be published and marketed as adult-’a sort of an “older YA” or “new adult.”
Where does New Adult come from and where does it fit?
Now, New Adult is not a new Genre, but it is certainly not yet a genre that is perfectly established. I don’t think you’ll find a shelf in your favorite bookstore labeled New Adult Fiction, right?
St. Martins was the publisher who actually first talked about this genre in 2009 where they hold an epic contest looking for entries that would fit this “new” genre. The response was enormous, but sadly they ended up not picking up the genre. Two of the winners, Rae Carlson (The Girl of Fire and Thrones) and Ruth Long (The Trachery of Beauty Things, which just came out btw!) ended up being published by another publisher and their stories were sold as YA stories.
I guess it’s just not easy to place. To the YA section or Adult? It can fit both and it certainly will be read by both. However, I do strongly believe that it is just a matter of time, especially considering that this particularly genre is a raising star among the self published authors!
New Adult – A raising star among self-published authors!
Take “Beautiful Disaster “for instance! Jamie McGuire self published this story in May last year and her book went viral. 30.000 ratings on goodreads! And then, the Simon& Schuster Imprint Atria offered her a contract and re-published her book! The same happened to Colleen Hoover with her two –book story “Slammed” and “Point of Retreat “and her books were also acquired by Atria. Surprisingly (or not…) , I just found out that another book I just finished yesterday “Thoughtless” by S.C. Stpehens was also acquired by S&S and just re-released August 16th. (Btw, I just bought Book I and 2 at the iBook Store, so there they are still available for $3.99)
It truly seems like S&S plays a lot of attention to these stars among the self-published authors. Is it a coincidence that they are all New Adult books? I do not think so!
But the statistics speak for themselves. Beautiful Disaster and Easy (Tammara Webber) were both on the New York Times Bestseller list! And all books mentioned above have incredible amounts of ratings and reviews.
Those books are just some perfect examples for New Adult books. Emotional, touching, incredible intense and with the perfect amount of sexual tension that is often left in YA books!
After I read those books, there was no turning back from this genre anymore and I devoured book after book. Interestingly, all of them were self-published and all of them had an insane amount of ratings on both goodreads and amazon.
New Adult – Future Prediction
My prediction for the future is that we will see much more of this genre. I also strongly believe that publisher become more and more aware of the incredible success this genre has in the self-published world. More and more of these stories I mentioned are bought by one of the Big 6 Publishers and re-published. Just look at the above mentioned books! ( I am just waiting for “Easy” to be acquired too, I am sure it’s just a matter of time..) This alone shows that at least they are aware that apparently this genre is something which is needed and appreciated! I am excited following this process and I’m eager to find out where this leads us!
- goodreads New Adult shelf (great list with NA titles, with Easy and Beautiful Disaster being the top hits)
- St. Martins initial New Adult contest in 2009 (and funny coincidence, look who commented first on this post *chuckles*)
- Dear Author Post about NA
- NA Alley – a Blog about New Adult fiction
New Adult Reviews on BB
- Beautiful Disaster (college ages and setting)
- Semi- Charmed Life (college aged and setting)
- Easy – to come (read and loved!!)
- Slammed & Point of Retreat – to come (read and loved!!)
- Thoughtless & Effordless– to come (read and loved!!)
Books placed in YA, but perfectly fit into NA
- Tempest (protagonist is college aged)
- The Morganville Vampires ( MC is 16, but attending already college)
So, now I’d like to hear from you!
What do you think about this “new” genre? Do you think we need an additional genre? Why do you think it works so well in the self-published world and why do you think publisher are still a bit wary?
Did you read any New Adult books I have to check out? I’m dying for some more recommendations!
My New Adult Reading List
Treat yourself with one of those awesome books! They are all so worth your time!! Seriously!
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