30 day blog challenge – day 13
While the world of books is changing, one thing is for sure. The young adult genre is growing. In 2012, sales of YA books had jumped 150 percent. Studies also show that 55% of YA books are purchased by adults. When I attended events like the Decatur Book Festival and YALLFest last year, I saw a lot of enthusiasm for the young adult genre as a whole.
Many people are referring to this as the “golden age of young adult literature,” and I would agree. More teens are reading, and teens are reading more books, which is exciting. One of the things I hate about people hating on Twilight so much is that Stephenie Meyer’s vampire series was a catalyst for many teens to enter into the world of reading/literature, which I think is fantastic.
But it’s not just teens that are reading YA. I didn’t really start reading many books in the genre until I was about 24 or 25. Adults are reading YA books, too.
What is it about this genre that draws us in? I think there is something universal about the coming of age story, and I think all young adult books–whether they are paranormal romance stories, tales of a dystopian future, or realistic fiction–have a theme of self-discovery at the core. I think this is something that we can all relate to. We are constantly re-discovering ourselves and coming of age in some way.
One of the reasons that I chose to write The Muses as a young adult novel is because The Muses is about a young woman who finds her artistic voice. Finding your artistic voice can happen at any age, but I thought the story really worked if my protagonist was also finding her own personal voice simultaneously. So many stories work in the YA genre because self-discovery is a theme that works with almost any plot.
I can’t wait to see the YA books 2014 has in store. 🙂