Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Genre: New Adult?
Okay, what do you all think of the budding New Adult genre? To recap: St. Martin's Press is actively looking for great, new, cutting edge fiction with protagonists who are slightly older than YA and can appeal to an adult audience and is holding a contest in search of same. Writers across the blogosphere rejoice.
And it seems that New Adult is intended to cover much more than simply "YA, but with 19-year-olds instead of 16-year-olds." If you read S. Jae-Jones's post (and thank you to Anne Allen for that link), you will see that New Adult may well be the hot place to be. Chabon, Gaiman, Diaz, Murakami, Eggers, Niffenegger, Foer, Ellis? And a possible re-branding for that redheaded stepchild of modern publishing, chick lit? SIGN ME UP.
So, what's your take on this? Have you been writing New Adult all along without knowing it? Is it the sort of thing you read? Does giving the genre a name help, or hurt, or have no effect whatsoever?
And, what genre do YOU write? I would set up a poll, but I want everyone to be able to label themselves as they see fit, with cross-genres and meta descriptions and all...
ETA: I found a blog post today that is somewhat related to my post from yesterday, and I hope you'll head over there and make your opinions known. Where Are The Men?