“Why I LOVE New Adult Literature”
Guest post by author, Sherry Soule
Hi everybody, I’m author, Sherry—waving from the SF Bay Area, where it can get pretty foggy even during the warmer months. And I can’t believe that summer is finally here.
Thanks for letting me visit today, it’s an honor to be a guest here and meet other fellow booklovers.
Since I was a young girl, I recognized that books were a way to travel to other places and have amazing adventures. Even though I am older than the average twenty-something reader, I’ve always loved reading New Adult literature. (Although before the last year or so, it did not have its own unique genre.)
“NEW ADULT” or crossover YA fiction, basically features a protagonist between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five. NA characters are often depicted as experiencing such things as, college, first serious relationship, living on their own for the first time, internships, first real job, etc.
Does that mean that these books have loads of sex or profanity because they are targeted for an older readership?
I wouldn’t think so, although the subject matter might be considered more adult than some young adult titles. My books are all pretty much rated: PG-13, so all ages can enjoy my storytelling.
I love reading NA Lit because I think that most novels in this genre are fast-paced and thrilling, and the stories are written in a style that is engrossing, with story-driven or character-driven plotlines that include life after high school, which is a very scary time for most people whether you’re in college or starting your first steady job.
And like many of you, I’ve read hundreds of NA books and I can actually say that I enjoyed almost all of them. Some I genuinely loved and these books became like good friends that I didn’t want to part with, so they adorn my bookshelves and wait patiently to be reread again one day. Other novels were simply read and then disregarded with a contented smile.
Of course, I realize that we all have diverse tastes in literature. Most of you will have varied genres that you love to read, and probably some of my favorite books are simply your forgotten reads. That’s what makes the world of reading as a whole, so damn wonderful. Each one of us will enjoy different types of characters, plots, and of course, a writer’s voice, the way only they can tell a story.
Personally, I like to read and write darker, edgier New Adult novels. As you can probably tell if you’d read my books, I tend to write conflicted, tormented heroines, too. I love the anguish of a protagonist trying to come to terms with some dark secret or horrific event in her past, and usually, she ends up facing this fear, vulnerability, or threat, with a resilient hottie by her side.
My heroines are typically intelligent, snarky, and full of fight. Like my girl, Skylar Blackwell in IMMORTAL ECLIPSE. You gotta admire Skylar’s spunk and determination. Anyhoo, thank you so for letting me chat about my love of New Adult literature. I hope you enjoyed this post. Now go feed your mind and read a book! Preferably mine. :-D
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Sherry Soule is the author of the popular young adult series, Spellbound. She mostly writes urban fantasy, which includes elements of mystery, romance, fantasy, and suspense for teens and adults. She considers her writing to be PG-13. Sherry lives with her family and one very spoiled black cat in California’s San Francisco Bay Area.
Places you can cyberstalk Sherry Soule:
Official Blog: http://www.sherrysoule.blogspot.com
Twitter @WriterSherry: http://twitter.com/writersherry
Read an excerpt: http://sherrysoule.blogspot.com/p/adult-urban-fantasy_11.html