Common sense assumes that “new” adults deal with the same issues as all adults, except that they may be dealing with these issues for the first time: first job, first home, first relationship. Therefore, New Adult fiction will most likely focus on young people, college age, late teens to early twenties, transitioning into the modern adult world.
New Adult literature emerges from the popularity of Young Adult literature. Young Adult literature (or YA literature) is a genre written for young people roughly ages 12-18. Though children’s books have been popular with all ages for centuries, the term “young adult literature,” according to Michael Cart of the Young Adult Library Services Association, came into common use in the 1960s. Since then, the population of teenagers has increased, and YA fiction has risen in popularity to the point that, in July of 2000, the Harry Potter series dominated the New York Times Bestsellers List, causing the publication to create a separate list of bestsellers exclusively for children’s books and young adult books. Read full article.
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