The Atlantic Wire recently had an interesting article about Young Adult fiction. What age group is Y.A.? General assessment is 12 to 18 years old. But in today's world, that age range gets expanded. Harry Potter and Twilight are considered Y.A. But kids younger than 12 read the Potter books. And adults read both the Potter books and the Twilight books.
Jim McCarthy, Vice President at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, said, "Essentially, it’s just literature for and about teens, there to bridge the gap between children’s and adult’s books."
The term "Y.A." has nothing to do with genre, since Young Adult books can be romance, horror, literary, thriller or any genre.
Even accepting that readers of Young Adult books range from 9 to 99, the accepting definition of YA is that it is aimed at readers between 12 and 18. That all ages sometimes love a particular Y.A. book doesn't change the book itself or the topics it covers. Twilight remains Twilight. (It does, however, change its success and earnings.)
The article noted that if The Catcher in the Rye were published today, it would be classified as a Y.A. Times have changed. Another thing that's changed is that the Y.A. market is big. Some authors would rather be classified as Y.A. than as an adult author. If the book is a hit like Twilight or Harry Potter, they have a chance of mega sales, more than if it were categorized as an Adult book. With a Y.A. book, they can possibly cross-over to both groups.
McCarthy did note: "With these huge successes, so many people are trying to cash in and publish into the Y.A. market, and there’s a very real risk of over-saturation. Too many people are on the bandwagon, so there has to be at least some degree of self-correction coming."
What do you think? Will the Y.A. market reach saturation?
6 months ago