The Young Adult Genre

September 20th, 2011

Came across a fab blog post today by a friend of mine and I felt like giving a link to it. Check it out!

http://crimsonmelodies.com/2011/09/20/why-ya-highlighting-wicked-lovely/

And I have to say, as one who is looking into writing in the YA market, it’s an interesting take. I’m not THAT far removed from the YA target audience and looking at the books that were available in the genre when I was growing up… there was nothing, really. There was RL Stine’s Fear Street and there was Christopher Pike — both of which I read by the buckets. I still own all of the books too (for s/he who dies with the most books wins!). But other than that, there wasn’t much choice when you left the realm of Baby-Sitter’s Club and were looking for the next big thing. So, consequently, my reading habits left the BSC and I found myself reading Tom Clancy and Steven King. Yes, I know that’s quite the leap, but it was in part to High School reading lists.

Now, though, you walk into B&N (or insert your favourite book store here) and the YA is filled with books and things that aren’t a couple hundred pages long either. Not to mention, even though they’re geared toward a YA market, I still see a lot of adults browsing the sections too. It’s fantastic.

And now I hope this migraine goes away (this is day two ugh) so I can get back to work!

One Response to “The Young Adult Genre”

  1. Jesi says:

    So I’m not the only one who still has all of their grade-school/middle-school books! I never got into Fear Street, but Goosebumps were always fun, though more grade-school appropriate. Animorphs was another fav of mine, by K. A. Applegate. And of course the Chronicles of Narnia. (All of which are in boxes, waiting for my son to get a few years older.)

    There was definitely an utter lack of YA fiction when I was passing through middle-school into high-school, but I thankfully had another obsession that helped fill the gaps – Star Wars, and it’s very lengthy extended universe of books. (I so want Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn Trilogy to be made into episodes VII, VIII and IX) The Sci-fi genre led me into the Fantasy genre, and had me reading Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game), Weiss & Hickman (Dragonlance), and Raymond E. Feist (The Riftwar Saga).

    All of which are still on my shelves, among many, many others that have gathered over the years.

    For the kids who love to read, those years between middle-school and high-school are the ones that either keep they reading, or see them leaving those worlds in books behind. I know so many people who stopped reading after the BSC (Goosebumps for the boys) were no longer age appropriate. They couldn’t quite be convinced to get into Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys because they were ever-so-slightly dated (and “drier” than most things we have for entertainment these days). With today’s YA market, I’m sure they’d still be finding stuff to read.

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