So today I'm going to talk about the new adult category and its relation to the genre!
This post today was inspired by a certain NY Times article that highlighted NA. Feel free to take a look or not, but to sum it up, the category of NA was placed in a pretty small box as far as content. NA is more than just contemporary and NA does NOT have to have sex. NA is a category of fiction, which means it's like any other category such as YA or Adult.
The recipe for a new adult book!
You take a "new adult" theme such as: identity, sexuality, race, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, bullying, empowerment, familial struggles, loss of innocence, fear of failure, etc.
Add an issue tackled in NA such as: living away from home for the first time, military deployment, starting college, engagements and marriages, etc.
Then you add a genre: such as science fiction, dystopia, horror, paranormal, or romance.
When you put these three things together you get an NA book, my friends! (We explain more about this in our "What is New Adult?" tab.)
What I wanted to focus on mostly in this post was NA and the genre by giving you a few ways the category can be combined with both genres and sub genres so here we go!
New Adult Dystopian Horror with Romantic Elements!
(That's a mouthful, isn't it?)
Have you heard about this one? It's going to be a movie soon and I just read it last weekend. Love it, but what I noted is that I consider this book NA. It's about a zombie boy in his 20s who falls for a human girl. It's set in the future and the romantic elements are very light. So here you have it: New Adult Dystopian Horror with Romantic Elements!
New Adult Science Fiction Dystopian with Romantic Elements!
This one is also soon to be a movie and I just read it as well. It's about a 21-year-old girl whose body is taken over by an alien parasite in the future. There's lots of romantic tension, but that's about as hot as it goes. The product? Another cocktail of genres mixed with NA!
New Adult Romance with Science Fiction Elements
Hey, that's my little book up there! (shameless plug), but seriously it's an example. My book is modern day with sci-fi elements. My romance is heavy, but my sexy scenes are on the lighter scale!
New Adult Paranormal Romance
Ah, paranormal l'amour! *grins* Lynn Rush's Violet Midnight is about a modern day vampire hunter who hunts her vamps between term papers. Our own Carrie Butler's Strength is about a normal girl who falls for a boy with supernatural powers (again, between term papers, ;D). Lynn Rush also has a NA paranormal romance about demons and angels, so there's even more to explore there!
New Adult Historical Fiction
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Another great example of an interesting way to take NA! Allison Rushby's book, put out by St. Martin's Press, is set in the roaring twenties about three long lost sisters who come together and fight for their inheritance. The first episode has no romance and the story is filled with London history!
New Adult Contemporary Interracial Romance
This book also touches on GBLT as well. It's about a biracial girl who falls in love with her best friend, but he can never love her back because of his sexual orientation. This book is heavy on romantic elements, but light on sexual elements.
So there you have it folks! NA can be anything you want it to be, so get out there and explore!!!