From what I understand, New Adult fiction is a relatively new genre that St. Martin’s Press came out with in 2009. The genre is supposed to include books about 20-something youths who are coming of age, and is marketed toward the 14-35 age group. Without even having read a single novel in the NA category, I have to say that I’m a fan of this new genre.
“Post-adolescents” or “new adults” are still in the transition phase. I’d say that it’s just as hard to make the change from elementary to high school as it is to make the change from high school to college or college to adulthood. You don’t just wake up the day after you graduate college and know exactly what you’re going to do and how your life will play out. After all, there is a such thing as the quarter-life crisis and it’s very real, so it’s about time there is a genre of books with characters in that age-range.
I think the NA genre will be good for those who perhaps have stopped reading fiction after they’ve finished college, and it’ll be nice for those who feel like they’re a bit too old for YA, yet find characters in the “adult” genres difficult to relate to.
Have you read any NA fiction? What do you think of the genre?