Wednesday on the Blog Me MAYbe schedule is the day for: 

May I ask something about you?



On our first post, we told you, in a short answers, why we write New Adult and what we like about it. Following the discussion we had on Monday's post, I would like you to tell me ...


Why do you like and support New Adult? Why do you want to read and/or write New Adult? What’s the appeal New Adult has to you?

(I know, more than one question, I'm cheating, but I love to break rules--example: writing New Adult!--and all these questions could have the same answer ... if you want =P)

Now, I'm all ears ...


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  1. Hey! I wrote about NA too :-) http://sarahnicolas.com/blog/2012/05/what-do-you-think-about-new-adult/

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  2. I write New Adult because I am a new adult! :) I also love the complexities that it presents that aren't covered in YA. It's more real-life stuff, I think, because life is a lot different once you get out of high school.

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  3. I think new adults need NA. It's greatly under-appreciated. New adults read too. I would've loved having some college-related books to read when I was in college. Even my second novel is NA and I know work in a college. :)

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  4. I love reading YA, and I love reading Adult Fiction. Unfortunately, sometimes I'm too frustrated with the juvenile situations that occur in a YA novel - but I can't blame the narrative, or the author, because technically I'm an adult reading a YA novel! At the same time, although I can relate more to an adult fiction novel - sometimes I wish that the authors writing this genre would take more risks, and be more creative with their writing. I know, the two sentiments are absolutely contradictory but I guess I'm a demanding reader. But, if anything, this is why I believe NA is so important - because it takes the best of both genres, hopefully, and combines the two! :D

    Good luck ladies...

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  5. I've been reading books with New Adult-aged characters for years, though many of those books were written or are set in eras when people of that age group were considered full adults, before there was a real sense of an in-between era. I've long been drawn to series books, and feel that the characters' stories shouldn't end just because they're in college. There are a lot of fun, exciting, first-time experiences to be had in college or the first few post=high school years as well.

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  6. I've always thought the crowd just out of high school was neglected. When I first started writing, I was told, "Your character's too old for YA. Too young for adult." But that's what I wanted to write! So, I kept writing. Maybe deep down I knew NA would come out of hiding and eventually be accepted!! :)

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  7. You already know how I feel, but I just wanted to drop by and say NA RULES! :D

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  8. I like NA because I am NA! When I started reading adult books, I found I couldn't relate to them, so I went back to Ya which I LOVE, but sometimes I can't relate to that either. I just like reading about people who are experiencing the same things as me :)

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  9. You know how I feel, too. Just wanted to drop by and say hi! :)

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  10. Well we all know that I had no idea that my character & her story had a niche until someone said, "Oh hey, so you write NA like me!" I always suspected selling this novel would be complicated, and that I'd just deal with it later, but it's nice to know I've got a fabulous family in NA!

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  11. @Summer Lane
    Well, I think life does get more complicate after HS, doesn't it? And more interesting too, in my opinion.

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  12. @Cherie Reich
    Me too! It would have been perfect during college!

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  13. @~Enamored Soul~
    "sometimes I'm too frustrated with the juvenile situations that occur in a YA novel" << ME TOO! Bingo!
    God, sometimes I just stop reading YA because I can't take the whole omg-I-never-kissed-before-and-that-guy-is-so-cute-I'm-falling-in-love-with-him kinda of thing.
    And then the Let's-take-off-our-pants-right-now in Adult ...
    I so want to see the middle ground here!
    Thanks!

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  14. @Carrie-Anne
    College is when we really find out who we are, in my opinion. And that could be explored so well in novels ...

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  15. @LynnRush
    Oh, Lynn, I heard that many, many times ... But like you, this is what I want to write.
    It'll be accepted, eventually!

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  16. @bailey m kelsey
    That's what happened to me too. I just wrote it, until someone said "you write NA" and then I started researching about it.
    Fast forward one year, and here we are!

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  17. While I normally don't write New Adult, I love reading it. It just relates more to me now that I am a new adult. Sometimes I'm reading YA and get hit with a psychological punch reminding me that I'm past that stage in my life, so New Adult definitely helps soften the blow.

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  18. @Kenzie Audacious
    Yup, I know how you feel because that's how I feel too. Sometimes I fell like I don't connect with YA anymore, some books frustrate me ... I hope to see more NA out there!

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  19. You know, I didn't go out to write New Adult, I just wrote the story I had in me and that's what it was. It was frustrating learning that it didn't have a spot on the shelf and I was so happy to discover it's true identity as NA.

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  20. I feel the same way as Sharon, I didn't particularly set out to write New Adult. When I began to receive feedback from other writers and agencies, I realized that's where my book falls. I love NA because you can still deal with YA issues without feeling some of the constraints of the genre. Sex, bad language and drinking isn't as taboo.

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  21. @Sharon Bayliss
    Yay, and another yay because I know you signed with a publisher!

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  22. Dude, Sarah LaPolla tweeted about you guys. Agents are watching. Lol.

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  23. I've never actually read "new adult," so I'm looking forward to learning more! New follower

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  24. I finished writing a book two years ago. I wanted to send it out to agents but realized it didn't really belong to any "genre". The characters are too old to be considered YA, but they're a lot younger than most characters in "adult fiction". I've been thinking about making the characters younger or older, but I know it will weaken the plot. My book and I were in a limbo for two years! Thanks to this blog, I have finally found the light at the end of my tunnel.

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  25. @Maurice Mitchell
    Thanks, Maurice! Hope you have a great time here ;)

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  26. @Rumer
    You're welcome! I hope we can help you on your road to publication ;)

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  27. I'm writing NA because I'm sick of reading about teens who are severely limited in their maturity, and yet "adult" novels tend to make things too adult--sex, vulgarity, etc. New Adult to me is a powerful genre because most of us make our major life decisions in those few years. We're still a little insecure, but we've moved past the teenage awkward giggly years. I hope to see a lot of this genre in the future.

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  28. I am so, so glad to read all these responses. As a new author with a recently released debut, I got nervous about how to market or get readers to consider reading about a 23 year old MC. I personally think it's too young for high schoolers, but I could see where it could crossover. However, I wrote it for people like me, (I was 23 at the time I started), who wanted characters that weren't too young but weren't at marriage and babies in their lives. I'm so, so glad that people are starting to accept the New Adult genre more!

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