let’s talk bookish: young adult and adult fiction

JULY 3: WHAT MAKES A BOOK YA?

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books. It is hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. It is where different bookish topics are discussed, explained and ruminated. Different opinions are shared and blog hopping is encouraged too.

I joined this book meme because a topic could lead to different answers. It helps me share my thoughts while being educated by others posts too. Aside from this, I get to reflect on topics which interest me. Some people would not agree with my answers but that is okay, each to his own.


YA or Young Adult is a category in fiction and it caters to teenagers (12 to 18). Even if it caters to this demographic, adults still read it. The themes for this category usually revolve around first love, friendship, identity and family. It is diverse since it could either be a fantasy novel or a contemporary one. YA is very popular since a lot of booktubers and bloggers like it. Also. YA has touched sensitive topics like discrimination, mental health and violence, to name a few. I have some YA books which I enjoyed but others were just okay. It is no doubt that the adult fiction and Young adult fiction crossover at some point. To be aware, it is best to know the difference between the two.

All YA books have a teenager as their main characters. The criteria for old YA books had a uniform set of rules. Most of them have simple yet exceptional protagonists, mostly female. Also, it would have the love triangle trope (example. Katniss, Peeta and Gale). Aside from this,the setting is in a dystopian world. As YA books were published, everything got recycled and placed in a different setting, time or universe. Recently, heroines are teenagers who are independent and cunning. While most contemporary YA stories are more about coming out stories and loving ones self. This are the kind of books which I like to read in the YA category. Dumplin by Julie Murphy was a good YA novel because it highlighted self love.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that some books which are not YA, are marketed as YA. In my opinion, A darker shade of magic by V.E. Schawb falls into this category. Also, the author tweeted (here) about it not being YA. I don’t understand why it is marketed as such. Marketing it as an adult fantasy would make more adults know that it is for their age group. Also, it is unfair for the author who has written the story for a specific type of audience. Yes, teenagers are allowed to read it, but market it properly to avoid confusion.

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The fine line between YA and Adult fiction should be defined. It is very important since what we read is what we feed the mind. Both fiction categories are worth the read. This depends on your taste as a reader and what you are comfortable with. For me, I mix my readings, they consist of both YA and adult fiction. This makes me have the best of both worlds.


This is quite the controversial topic.

Question: Are you aware that some YA books are meant to be in the Adult section?

Thank you for reading!

-R


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6 thoughts on “let’s talk bookish: young adult and adult fiction

  1. I’ve seen A Darker Shade of Magic mentioned a few times and it definitely isn’t the only book to suffer this treatment. I love good YA but books with adult protagonists facing adult trials should be marketed properly!

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