1. NetRaptor says:

    I’ve been reading about the “New Adult” genre that’s just been introduced. It goes between YA and Adult, about college age characters who, according to Goodreads, “apparently have lots of sex and rarely see their parents”.
    Speaking as a reader, I always read books off the MG shelves because YA is, by and large, enormously dirty. And this new genre is an excuse to be dirtier. Speaking as a reader, this is sort of a “red light district” that I’ll know not to go near. Which is a shame, because the heroes in my (sex-free) WIP are college age. Alas.
    That said, I pretty much agree with everything stated. I know I read with a filter firmly in place, and if a book goes against that filter too much, I complain. I want a somewhat happy ending. I want the heroes to win. I’d like twists and turns, and barring that, I’ll accept an interesting, imaginative world.
    Fablehaven is written completely flat. The hero kids are all right, but all the adults have the same voice. The climactic world-ending boss battle in the final book was just kind of “meh”. But I stuck with it because I liked the world. And once in a while it sparkled (mostly when the satyrs came along with their contraband battery-powered TV).
    I’ve had the weird experience of folks reading my fanfics through really weird filters. And then they’d email me to ask if I was really shipping a couple of characters, and I’d scratch my head and wonder where in the heck THAT question came from. But it’s just their filter.
    James Scott Bell is writing this novella series called Force of Habit about a crime-fighting nun with karate skills. It’s hilarious. It’s written very tongue in cheek. And one of the first reviews was some Catholic chick RAVING about how he’d gotten everything about nuns completely wrong. I think she missed the “humor” bit.

    • Christian says:

      Speaking as a reader, I always read books off the MG shelves because YA is, by and large, enormously dirty.

      Really? I used to read a reasonable amount of YA fiction and most of it wasn’t dirty. Titles tended to be fairly bleak though and some were rather violent. Sexual references were often present but necessary for the story and not gratuitous. I don’t know what YA titles you’ve read. But I’m not one for romance.

      • NetRaptor says:

        Go look up “YA urban fantasy” on Goodreads. You will be enlightened. Mostly it’s teens and sexual encounters with every fantasy creature there is–fairies, vampires, angels, demons, you name it. It’s kind of depressing.

  2. Galadriel says:

    This actually sounds like a useful distinction.

What do you think?