It's one of those crazy-busy mornings for me. Let's see how coherent I can make today's post. (All this and no caffeine!)
So, let's talk about the new "New Adult" genre a little bit, since it's included in this month's Secret Agent contest. Two of the entries were redacted because of a misunderstanding of the genre. Both authors (understandably) thought it meant "new" adult fiction. As in, adult fiction that hasn't been published yet.
For anyone else who might not have heard the term before: "New Adult" is sort of the "college age protagonist" that happens between YA and what is, apparently, Old Adulthood. Many agents (at least to my knowledge) do not (yet) accept this genre. Reason? It doesn't exactly have designated shelf space.
I'm not sure I understand the thinking behind it, so maybe those of you who write it or who support it can enlighten me. I mean, does this make Pride and Prejudice a New Adult novel? Because, yanno, Elizabeth is "not yet one-and-twenty". I'm also not sure I see the need for this genre designation. If you're in college or in your early- to mid-twenties, you're an "adult." I have never, in the span of my life, heard someone refer to themselves as a "new adult." (Though upper teenagers are certainly referred to as "young adults", which may or may not actually line up with their behavior.)
Anyway. It's all academic. What's your opinion? If the main character in an adult thriller is 25 instead of 30, does the book need a separate designation? Does the age of the protagonists in a romance novel make enough of a difference for them to be categorized by that age?
Am I missing something here? Now's my chance to learn.
(Okay, so what about Hobbits? They're, like, still teenagers when they're 30. Do they get their own designation?)
(I know, I know. The caffeine probably would have helped a little this morning.)
Hugs to all! Have a glorious weekend.