Hey, gang! We have a whole group of folks here at the Alley dedicated to covering the "niche" genres within NA fiction.
I'm very proud to be a part of this group in particular, because I think we illustrate the most exciting and unique thing about some of the fiction being labeled as New Adult:Anything can and does go.
If we're inspired by a topic or subject matter, we write about it... in pretty much any way we want. That's a freedom you won't find in just about any other genre or category of fiction.
As a direct example of that diversity in content, our Alley niche team has covered lots of ground over the past several months. You'll find posts on military, mental illness, cross-cultural fiction, LGBTQ, eco fiction, social change through literature, and much more.
But one thing we haven't talked much about is the larger niche we're all so taken with––those adult, post-high school coming-of-age stories that have become known as New Adult fiction.
A niche can be defined as an activity that is very suitable to someone. It can also be defined as a situation in which a product or service succeeds by being sold to a particular kind or group of people. Both apply to NA as a whole.
Generally speaking, readers of NA romance and dystopian (for example) aren't looking for the same things they'd find in adult romance or YA dystopian genres. There's an expectation that NA material is going to have an edge to it not found in most YA, and that the characters are going to be intensively working through a life transition most adult stories only hint at.
Writers of NA understand this is our audience (niche) and try to deliver those kinds of stories and characters. We focus on the sometimes small window in life when the choices and consequences are adult, but the experience and outlook are still youthful.
There's never been anything quite like it, and I think that's why we still have a passionate core of folks who want to see this kind of storytelling continue.
What about you? Why do you belong in the NA niche? What appeals to you most in the NA stories you've read?
Let us know in the comments!