The idea of the New Adult Genre/Category, what have you, is quite interesting. As I discussed in an article I wrote for my college’s newspaper, New Adult is the bridging of YA and Adult. In fact many books that have been sold as older YA or Adult in the past, such as Tracy Chevalier’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, would now be considered New Adult. If New Adult were to become a thing.
However as stated in my article, in order for this to actually become a reality, there would have to be more New Adult books being sold to a traditional publisher. In addition we, the readers, would have to demand publishers to accept New Adult books because without those critieria, writers may keep writing NA but publishers won’t publish it nor will bookstores have a NA section.
Well, it looks like the NA boat may have just set sail for now only in 2012 did a New Adult book get sold to a traditional publisher, HarperCollins Imprint, William Morrow Paperbacks, according to Publisher’s Marketplace it also sold in a six-figure, three-book deal.
The book, Shannon Stoker’s, New Aduilt debut THE REGISTRY, set in a United States in which girls are breeders and the prettiest girls go to the highest bidders, tells the story of the one young woman who refuses to play by those rules.
Well, as someone who fits in the New Adult category and a huge fan of Atwood and The Handmaid’s Tale, you can bet I will be snagging me a copy as soon as it is released on June 11, 2013.
What are your thoughts on New Adult books? Know of any NA books to be published this year?