Monday, October 14, 2013
Musing about New Adult
To me, New Adult feels like darker chick-lit, at least for some of the titles that I've read. Typically the characters are post-high school, usually early to mid-twenties. You remember those years, right? They were the years when most of us were surviving on ramen noodles, starting careers, (or, at least thinking about them), starting a Serious Relationship or two and generally still questioning the Universe and our existences but at the same time believing we had all of the answers. Yeah, good times.
I really liked to read chick-lit in its hey-day and, frankly, I hate the term chick-lit because I think it's unfairly derogatory of the genre but most people will understand what I'm talking about when I use it. I fear that the New Adult genre may soon fizzle, much like chick-lit, unless the storylines go deeper. So far, the biggest conflict in most of the New Adult titles that I've read (and there are TONS of them) is will they/won't they sleep together. This must evolve...
While I love to read about relationships in my novels, particularly relationships that grow, I prefer other deeper conflicts and themes as well. In fact, I usually prefer the romance to be secondary while the relationship-building compliments deeper plots and sub-plots. I would also love to read New Adult that does some real genre-bending--e.g. New Adult historical, maybe? New Adult speculative? New Adult space opera?? That's the cool thing about a new genre. A great story can always pave the way for an exciting trend, even within an existing genre.
Do you read or write New Adult? If yes, got any titles you can recommend?
By the way, I posted a lot of pics from the Wordstock Festival on my Facebook and Twitter pages last week, in case you want to see some cool pics of some of your favorite authors and bloggers in the very cool city of Portland. There were donuts, people! :)