New Adult has begun to come into its own, and here at NA Alley, we’re excited to see broadening acceptance of the NA category. We hope that this will equate to expanding boundaries when it comes to determining what is and is not new adult fiction. This is said with a gracious nod to the incredible books that built the category into what it is now – books that are largely contemporary romance. And with this broadening recognition for the category, there are probably those readers out there (and maybe some writers) who wonder why we continue to bang the drum calling for greater acceptance of this category.
It could be argued that contemporary has been the most widely-embraced genre – perhaps the one that defined the category, but as this article at Flavorwire noted in August – it is also what has led the entire category to be sadly misconstrued as YA with sex.
Just as YA is a signpost for readers seeking a protagonist of a certain age, NA is a label that helps readers tag books that they are more likely to relate to. We’ve all heard that the rise of epublishing has created a difficult-to-navigate glut of books available for readers to choose from. Why, then, are there critics like this writer at Flavorwire arguing against one more way for readers to find the books that interest them?
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Our challenge now, as NA authors and readers, is to help demonstrate that the NA label doesn’t exist to identify just one type of book, but encompasses a whole realm of genres that will feature protagonists of a certain age.
The new NA Alley is built to give equal attention to the huge breadth of genres that fall within the new adult category, from fantasy to sci-fi, GBLTQ to historical and more. And there will be plenty of room for discussion of the issues and trends within the non-speculative category. We’re just going to broaden it a bit to encompass those writers working outside contemporary romance.
Your non-speculative fiction team at NA Alley is covering everything that falls under literary, contemporary and historical fiction, and includes the following contributors: