The publishers have heard our cry.
As a reader of Young Adult (YA) novels, I found the sex scenes in the genre to be extremely disappointing.
Evidently I’m not the only YA fan who thinks so. The past four years have given rise to New Adult (NA) – a growing genre that has bridged the gap between YA and Adult Fiction.
The New Adult genre was borne out of demand among young readers for more mature content in their books… alongside the same YA tone they love more than their cardboard cut-outs of Edward Cullen.
In these books, the protagonists are generally aged between 18 to 25 and experiencing rites of passage like leaving home, experimenting with sexuality, negotiating careers, and starting families. But there’s a key difference.
Ninety nine per cent of the time, sex scenes in YA novels focus on the protagonist losing their virginity in some perfect, mind-blowing, earth-shattering experience where the couple is practically soul-bonded together.
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Most of the time the scene ends with the the pair “falling into the mattress”… and the next thing you know, it’s morning.
Sure, when I was 13 years old this was fine, but for someone who enjoys reading YA for the character development, the ‘anything is possible’ attitudes, glossing over a sex scene frustrates me to no end.
So the rise of New Adult comes as a huge relief.
It seems many publishers believed New Adult (NA) was just a phase or a marketing scheme and critics claimed there simply wasn’t the readership for it, because who wants to read about sex, right?