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!


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  1. I remember my own years as a New Adult and how amazing it was to be on my own at college, and after that, getting my own apartment. It's such a wonderful and scary transition time in a young person's life, and that's why I like to write about it. I like the uncertainty and the wonder of seeing and being your own person for the first time. Exploring that in different worlds is fun too, so I never stop at contemporary.

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    1. I remember my college years, too. Mostly. :-)

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  2. I think you said it more eloquently than I could. I love the tension of writing from the point of view of characters who are on the cusp of adulthood, but still wild enough and free enough to act from their hearts as often or more often than logic. There's a certain rawness of emotion and innocence that appeals to me, if that makes sense.

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    1. Yes! Rawness of emotion is a huge thing that draws me to NA stuff. And it doesn't tend to be as angsty as the YA rawness of emotion. :-)

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  3. As soon as I read. "Hey, gang!" I knew it was you. :)

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  4. Well said, EJ. I remember being right out of high school and feeling thrilled and scared at the same time. That heady period is unlike any other in life, and I often put my characters there.

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    1. It's an incredibly fun and scary time, Lynn. One I can't believe took so long to be explored in fiction!

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  5. I just wrote an NA supernatural historical novel about a witch. LOVED writing it, and I really believe in the tale. I like NA because my twenties are still so very vivid and full of great themes, adventures, emotions.

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    1. I think that's a huge draw for many of us who write and read NA, Catherine. Our 20s still seem tangible and fresh. Some YA still draws me in that way, but a lot of it I have a harder time relating to the older I get. (Yes, I said I was old to save Carrie Butler from having to call me it! LOL)

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  7. I write NA because I'm in my early 30s and I'm expected to know better but I still feel very much in my early 20s running around not really knowing what the heck I'm doing. Everything was so confusing and nobody knew what was going to happen and it was EXCITING because of that. That was a time when it was so carefree and 'oh my gawd this is seriously life so I need to focus' all at the same time. It's a weird feeling that you only can live once unless you read NA!

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    1. Excellent point, Casse! Recapturing the feeling of those significant and important moments in life is often why people fall in love with NA I think. It was exciting because there was this stress of 'what the hell am I going to do with the rest of my life?" but for the first time the ability to ACTUALLY decide for myself and go do it. Thanks for stopping by the blog and commenting! ~EJ

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