New Adult: Defining it in Art and in Life


  1. Julie Luek
    Julie Luek October 3, 2013 at 8:53 am .

    My daughter has dipped into a few books I would consider this genre. She’s 17 and a senior in high school. I think, depending on the book and degree of graphic content, she’s really enjoyed them. As you said, they’re a little less glib and “young” sounding but not quite mom’s books either.

    1. Trai Cartwright
      Trai Cartwright October 5, 2013 at 11:34 am .

      I’d love to hear about her experience, Julie. Which ones have worked for her and which haven’t?

  2. Patricia Stoltey
    Patricia Stoltey October 3, 2013 at 10:06 am .

    After hearing more about this genre at the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference, I might try writing something for this audience. If I try real, real hard, I can remember what it was like to be 18-25…sort of.

    1. Julie Kazimer
      Julie Kazimer October 3, 2013 at 5:14 pm .

      But you look 24 at the most.

      1. Patricia Stoltey
        Patricia Stoltey October 5, 2013 at 9:40 am .

        I just now saw this, Julie. You do say the funniest things, and that’s good because a good laugh in the morning makes the whole day better.

    2. Trai Cartwright
      Trai Cartwright October 5, 2013 at 11:33 am .

      You’re not a day over 28, Pat!
      What definitions did you hear? I’d be glad to add them to my poll…

  3. Julie Kazimer
    Julie Kazimer October 3, 2013 at 5:13 pm .

    Great post, Trai. So it sounds like this is merely a new term, not a new genre, right?

    1. Trai Cartwright
      Trai Cartwright October 5, 2013 at 11:32 am .

      I’d absolutely agree with that, Julie. Marketing is always looking for a new spin, even if it’s just “the same ol’ thing.”

  4. Karen Duvall
    Karen Duvall October 4, 2013 at 10:53 am .

    Great post, Trai. My writer friends here in Bend have frequent discussions on this topic, but they never last long, lol. :) We’ve made our conclusions about what it is and site certain television shows that offer a good example. Take “Revenge” for instance. Lots of melodrama, relationship issues, dealing with the responsibilities of new adulthood, secrecy, deceit, fidelity, etc. The one movie I can think of that epitomizes NA is the 80s film “Saint Elmo’s Fire” starring the newly grown-up bratpack. I haven’t read any NA books yet, but I did buy a boxed set of them when they were on sale for 99¢.

    1. Trai Cartwright
      Trai Cartwright October 5, 2013 at 11:32 am .

      Karen, yes, “St. Elmo’s Fire!” And it was weird, marketing-wise — the studio didn’t know what to do with it. It’s not teens, it’s Rat Pack all grown up — who wants to see that? Turns out all the other RP fan who’d grown up.
      Let me know if any of those NA books are any good!

  5. Teresa Funke
    Teresa Funke October 6, 2013 at 11:57 am .

    How ironic that many of the classic books we all knew and loved fit this category. Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Great Expectations, and so on.

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