Why I Dislike the New Adult Genre

November 3, 2013 Discussion 124

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      First let me say that many of my blogging friends love the New Adult genre, it’s the best thing since sliced bread to them and I respect that. Everyone likes something different and even my co-blogger is in love with the New Adult genre. This is my opinion on the New Adult genre and it’s negative, sorry!

What is New Adult?

“Alise, I’ve been living under a rock, what the heck is New Adult?”
Well, my dear friends, the best definition I can find is from NA Alley:

We view New Adult fiction (NA) as a category of literature—meaning, it gives readers content expectations, but it does not dictate genre-based criteria. Typically, a novel is considered NA if it encompasses the transition between adolescence—a life stage often depicted in Young Adult (YA) fiction—and true adulthood.

Protagonists generally fall between the ages of eighteen and twenty-six, though exceptions may apply. NA characters are often portrayed experiencing: college, living away from home for the first time, military deployment, apprenticeships, a first steady job, a first serious relationship, etc.

NA Alley is a great site for those of you NA lovers!

Why I Dislike the Genre:

It’s not even that the genre has some obvious identity issues: is it Adult/is it suitable for my (insert age here) teen/why is it sold in the Teen section of Barnes & Noble/why is is being marketed to younger audiences/isn’t New Adult just Adult that teens can actually buy but it’s that almost every New Adult book is the same. Some of the most popular New Adult books are below, and while I have only read a few of them I have heard from friends and other reviewers they are remarkably similar.

beautiful disaster easy losing it the edge of never
From Goodreads’ Popular New Adult Books List

I think all readers or book bloggers have seen or heard about these titles before, with a majority having read them. I believe my dislike for this genre stems from the fact I really hate repetitive story lines, and New Adult is the biggest contributor to that for me. I even created this gorgeous, analytical chart that is based on entirely scientific data* that may or may not be just a little sarcastic.

is it new adult

So you get the point. Contemporary in general is a tough genre to make unique and it seems to me like New Adult is basically just a more extreme version of YA contemporary. If there were sub-genres in New Adult that included fantasy or dystopia, I would probably be much more inclined to give the genre another chance. As of right now, I don’t feel very motivated to keep searching out more books in the New Adult genre.

Around the Internet:

Some quotes I found relating to New Adult literature:

[Referring to BEAUTIFUL DISASTER] The book is referred to as a young adult version of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which itself is referred to as literary porn for women.”
The Examiner

“There has been a lot of backlash towards new adult. The biggest criticism has been from those who define new adult as ‘young adult with porn.'”
I Believe in Story

“I don’t want New Adult to be a label that just means that you can add in more explicit sexual content to YA. I don’t want it to be a label for authors that are too cool to write YA or for authors who are not good enough to write adult fiction. I want it to be books that “bridge the gap” between YA and adult fiction the same way middle grade novels prepare younger readers for YA.”
-Wrapped Up In Books

For Fans of the Genre:

-Why is it you like New Adult books? If it is close to your age range so you relate to it, why doesn’t just the adult genre or a more mature YA novel satisfy you?

-Have you found a new adult book that is not contemporary?

-Would you classify New Adult safe for younger teens around the age of thirteen?

-Do you think New Adult has a particular set of tropes that every book in the genre conforms to?

-What books would you recommend to a newbie (or person like me) wanting to experience the genre?

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*Not really.

124 Responses to “Why I Dislike the New Adult Genre”

  1. Bec

    Bahaha, I may like this genre (or what little I’ve read) but there is a lot of truth in what you say. The only New Adult I will recommend that may break these stereotypical story lines is FANGIRL (which you already know about because I am still trying to convince you to read it. AND IT IS NA IT FITS THE STUPID DEFINITION). Until then I will keep searching to find a NA just for you.

  2. Chrystal @ Snowdrop Dreams of Books

    I am new to NA and I’ve read a few I like so far. I have a few more sitting on my shelf to be read. But I do think they all seem to be a variation on the themes you touched on in your info graphic.

    I have enjoyed the few I’ve read, but perhaps you are right – it might just be that they are all contemporary and there is only so much you can do with that. Maybe if they do some dystopian or fantasy mixed in, it might draw in more readers. If I find any, I’ll be sure to come back and let you know.
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    • Alise

      My thoughts exactly! I think the genre has potential but right now it’s just the same story over and over. Thanks, I’d appreciate that!

  3. Pam@YAEscapefromReality

    It’s funny, I just posted something a few days ago about NA. I’ve read quite a few and it seems to me it’s more of a specific type of story rather than a genre. Damaged girl meets guy (possibly damaged himself) and he helps her heal. She is usually college-aged (he is usually college-aged too or the professor, etc) and a lot of times the setting is college and they usually have sex and a lot of the times it’s much more explicit than YA. I’ve enjoyed most of the ones I’ve read (some more than others), but I’m not sure there’s a need for it. Why isn’t it just adult? There are plenty of adult books that have college-aged or early twenties MCs. Or why not YA with some sort of recommended age (older teen)? To be honest, NA is much more tame than what I was reading when I was a teen (which was Judith Krantz and Jackie Collins). But on the other hand, it makes it easier to find a book with characters that are that age if it is marketed as NA. But I definitely think it needs to expand to different types of stories if it’s truly a genre.

    I have read one NA book that was different, which is Apollo Academy. But I have no idea why it was NA, to be honest. I think the MC was 18. But I’ve read plenty of YA books where the MC is 18.

    I guess time will tell. It may just be that it’s so new and the first ones are mostly of the same type, but as it grows there will be more of a variety.
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    • Alise

      ” it’s more of a specific type of story rather than a genre.” THIS THIS THIS. I 10000% agree with everything you just mentioned, I feel like it can’t be called a genre until it branches out more! I’ll go check out your post!

  4. Bookworm1858

    I’m probably not the best person to talk about appropriate reading for thirteen-year-olds since I read my first romance novel at 11 (and continued to read them as I got older.) I’ve been visiting the NA category and have specifically avoided books that seem to fit the trope you mentioned.

    Two I’ve read are The Social Code by Sadie Hayes and The Heiresses by Allison Rushby (HF), both of which feature romance but are more about finding who you are. I also read The Art of Letting Go by Anna Bloom, which is about a 25-yr old who is really trying to figure out who she is though this one leans heavier on the damaged girl meets hot guy trope.

    I’ve also seen some that seem to be fantasy/SF (based on the summary I read) but the most popular ones do seem to meet this criteria you laid out. Hopefully others can share more with you.
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    • Alise

      I know what you mean, I’m not big in censorship at all but I think it’s a bit strange how B&N sells these books in the YA section.

      I will definitely be checking out those two then, they sound a bit more unique. I’m open to trying more books in the genre. Thanks!

      • Robb

        Could it be that because NA is so new, B&N are waiting to see if it lives or dies before committing to dedicated shelf space? There needs to be enough content to fill a section, it must sell enough to support itself, and spending money on the signs must be figured in as well.

        I admittedly haven’t read much NA, but interestingly I have a finished manuscript that I’m doing my 2nd pass of editing on. The female MC is [almost] 18. This is book one in a series of nine. While I do have a romantic angle, it’s mostly supernatural in plot, and I plan to crossover from present time to a dystopian future somewhere in the middle [book 5].

        Regardless, I’m concerned that if I market this in the NA genre, it won’t be well received because it’s so far outside what’s normal in this category. Any advice here warmly appreciated :)

        • Alise

          Probably, but I would wish that B&N would shelf NA in the adult space until then. I think the content can be way too extreme for YA.

          Definitely don’t worry! I think we are all waiting for some new sub-genres in NA. If anything, you going out of the box will attract more readers, not less!

  5. Joy (Joyousreads)

    Please read my Hopeless/Losing Hope review. You’ve pretty much resonated every feeling I have for this genre. Great post, Alise. I finally had to tell my bookstore that a certain series is not in fact, YOUNG ADULT, because she writes the most explicit sex scenes. But because New Adult is still uncategorized over there, they shoved them in Teen Fiction.
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    • Alise

      YES. EXACTLY. I’m really worried about that fact-most of these books include pretty racy scenes and they continue to be marketed as YA.

  6. Nara

    I definitely agree that pretty much all NA books seem to be the same plotline told over and over again. I’ve hated pretty much every NA I’ve read haha but there were a couple that were really amazing- Slammed, The Sea of Tranquility (AMAZING), Easy is quite good too.

    A lot of people say that Fangirl is NA as well (and that was such a good book), but it really had more of a YA feel to it, which was probably why I liked it lol.
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    • Alise

      I’ll have to look into those two; I tried Easy and soon found out it just wasn’t for more.

      I thought it was YA too, Bec says it’s NA, but it sounds like YA. That’s probably why I will most likely enjoy it too, ha!

  7. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I don’t read NA at all anymore, simply because it’s so repetitive. You read one, you’ve pretty much read them all. Of course several authors bring some diversity, but they almost don’t get classified as New Adult because they don’t include sex in their narratives. I’m talking about Holier Than Thou by Lauren Buzo, for example. New Adult in everything but the sex.
    Anyway, I don’t read much contemporary anyway, regardless of the age group, and NA is pretty much torture for me.
    Great post.

    • Alise

      “Of course several authors bring some diversity, but they almost don’t get classified as New Adult because they don’t include sex in their narratives.” Nailed it, right there. I feel like that is one of the “hidden” definitions behind NA.

  8. Tanja

    I have huge problem with this genre! You see I’m 21 aka perfect age to enjoy NA stories but I avoid them like pledge. I love your graph there and it explains this genre perfectly. Like every 21 year-old girl is shy and nerd and all that. I in fact am all that but I don’t act like any of them!! So it’s obvious that I’m a freak then, I guess. Then there is this problem with all stories being the same and the most perfect guy who was a jerk once is not prince charming itself. PLEASE!
    So yeah, I’m a freak!
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    • Alise

      I am in the age range for NA as well but I tend to avoid them too haha. So we are either both freaks or NA has got it all backwards.

  9. Alicia

    THIS IS SO TRUE OMG O_O

    I’ve only picked up one or two NA, and mostly just a cursory read, but I find myself not much of a fan! Now that you say it, NA does seem like a “more mature” version of YA contemporary and there isn’t much going on except a mushy love story that always ends up lovey dovey. Uh. I’d love a story with more character variety and NA doesn’t seem to be able to do that!

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  10. Jasmine @ Flip That Page

    I’m not exactly a fan of New Adult, but I HAVE read and loved some books from this genre :) I think that a lot of people just think that New Adult is an edgier version of YA Contemporary with college age kids and sexual content, and I think it’s unfortunate that that is how other people see it– but then again, I really don’t think it has much else to offer that YAC already can’t. However, I do feel less guilty reading a New Adult book as opposed to an Adult one (because I feel uncomfortable reading a book that’s too ‘mature’ for me) so I guess this bridged some sort of gap in the sense that it let me embrace a more extreme version of myself, although I still happen to find YAC a hundred times better :D

    Great post, Alise! <3
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    • Alise

      *slowly raises hand* I’m one of those people who think that xD I know what you mean about the content thing, I really don’t like to read adult books even if that if the genre I should be in right now. Thanks!

  11. Tiffany (AboutToRead)

    I love New Adult! What I like about it is that it’s more relatable for me. High school was so long ago for me and it’s just easier to relate to someone in college, or getting their first job, or moving out of their parents house.

    I also tend to like the romances a bit better because they are more mature, and by that I am not referring to sex. In New Adult I believe that the characters may get married, which I don’t typically believe in YA. Also, the characters have usually dated other people before and have a better idea of what will and won’t work for them.

    I have seen a few paranormal NAs out there, but mostly contemporary. I find contemporary refreshing though. I read so much paranormal that lately I’m starting to get jaded with it.

    Great post by the way!

    • Alise

      I can definitely understand that viewpoint! I am the opposite, just going into college so I guess high school (YA) still appeals to me in a way. I can agree that YA can be a bit immature at times, for sure.

      Paranormal is a tough genre to make unique in any age range so I tend to avoid it as well.

      Thanks!

  12. Sunny

    I’ve only read one NA book, which was Fangirl. I see your coblogger is trying to get you to read it and I say DO IT. It’s contemporary and involves an awkward girl, but it IS unique, at least I think so. I agree with you though on the NA tropes. I haven’t read them for that reason. It’s basically all about sex. The chart explains it perfectly!
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  13. Kezia D

    You’re not completely alone…I don’t really like NA too…mainly because they all sound the same, the blurbs, the storyline, the characters and even some of the covers :/ But I’d love to try one of it’s unique enough… As far as I can remember I have only read 2 NA books and I think most of the stories I’ve forgotten the stories :( I did read an adult book a few months ago and it was apparently better than I expected. :D Lol, we can rely on Bec to give us NA recs!! XD

    • Alise

      I forgot about the covers but you are definitely right. I am the same-I’m not against the genre I just want one that is unique. Ahaha, yes! We will do that xD

  14. Lil Berry

    I don’t get NA, but it feels like it isn’t supposed to be a genre, but a sub-genre in which you cover the gap between yeah you are in the highway to becoming an adult and the wait you crossed the line an now you are an adult.
    I will still be checking Fangirl, but other then that I doubt I will be going out of my way for NA.
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  15. Niki Hawkes

    I don’t usually care for it either, but that’s because I read to escape reality, not to be dragged into the worst of it. I am surprised to see walking disaster advertised as new adult as it read like a robust romance to me (also, I work at BN and we technically file it in Fiction, although I guess I can see why fans of new adult like it). Anyway, thoughtful post! Let’s you and me stick to the fantasy and paranormal, lol. :)
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  16. Amir

    I’m not a fan of NA either, I’m not going to say that I dislike the genre but I tend to steer clear of it unless the blurb interest me or I’m interested in reading a certain storyline. Sometimes, it really does feel like disguised erotica. I’ve read erotica I’m just not too comfortable reading about college students having wild, kinky sex. That’s just me though lol.

    Like any genre I think there are hidden gems out there and I’m lucky enough to have read a few of them. That’s after reading a lot of disappointing ones though! So don’t despair, there must be a reason why there are so many NA fans out there. I think your co-blogger Bec should make a post to weed out the good ones :)
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    • Alise

      Yeah, I’ve only read a few and found those to be pretty racy for just NA. I agree, I’m open to finding some good ones and Bec is the perfect taste tester LOL

  17. Wendy Darling

    Okay, I am not a huge fan of the New Adult genre–it’s been said many times before, but YA already DOES cover serious subjects and “edgy” material, so to me it’s more of a marketing term. I think the majority of NA still tends to be sexed-up YA, and there’s very little real or meaningful exploration of the issues 18-25 year olds (if that’s the range, I’m not exactly sure) are facing.

    That being said, I’ve read a handful of really great NA novels this year: SEA OF TRANQUILITY (which I consider NA, despite the protagonist’s age), UNTEACHABLE, EASY, FINDING IT among them. There are good arguments why each of them may not fit into YA, and yet they’re easy transitions for readers who enjoy YA. I think I like NA best when it utilizes its freedom to be more adult, while maintaining a more youthful, emotionally urgent narrative. Anyway, I’m still suspicious of most NA titles, but I have gradually come around to seeing why readers like them. There are a few gems out there, they’re just hard to find.
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    • Alise

      Perfectly worded, Wendy! That’s exactly how I feel about it too.

      Oh, how could I forget SEA OF TRANQUILITY? That’s one I really do want to read and if you were a fan, it must be a good reads. I tried EASY and didn’t care for it too much but I hear good things about UNTEACHABLE. I like books like that, DROWNING INSTINCT is a favorite of mine. I’ll keep that in mind!

  18. Lesley Marie

    I really need to go read some New Adult, so I can least see what I think of it. Although I am not very anxious because of the reasons you mention. Many of the books in the New Adult genre are basically have the same premise, just differing in the small details. Also, why aren’t there any dystopian/paranormal/science fiction NA books?
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    • Alise

      That’s what I want to know too! It’s like NA can ONLY be contemporary. I want to see some dystopia and fantasy, for sure!

  19. Megan @ The Book Babe's Reads

    Hmm. In all honesty, I really enjoy NA as a genre, but I completely understand where you’re coming from! It is very repetitive – another thing I can add is that there always appears to be a “drama” of some sort, usually involving death or sexual assault. That slightly upsets me, but I can’t discount the fact that I have alternately enjoyed & hated several of the ones I’ve tried. LOL.

    As a reader, I enjoy it because it’s like a hotter version of YA romance. I’m reading all kinds of genres right now, LOL. But for romance, they have several of the best that I’ve read.

    But in answer to one of your other questions… I don’t think that it should be classified in book stores as YA, or offered to 13 year olds. I was probably reading things that were ten times as bad when I was 13, but… still. Offering a NA novel to a thirteen year old would be a little corrupting, because (IMO) they’re simply not ready for the level of intimacy that most “NA” have in them. Unless it’s Fangirl. Because that’s YA appropriate. ;) Awesome discussion, girly!
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    • Alise

      Yeah, I think a lot of things come into play when you decide whether or not to like a book. I know my tastes vary from day to day sometimes LOL

      That I can agree with, I’m a huge fan of romance and contemporary just does it the best.

      Ah, yes, Fangirl. I really need to get to that! Thanks!

  20. ShootingStarsMag

    I actually love contemporary so that aspect doesn’t bother me. I want New Adult to get more popular so there can be successful New Adult in other genres and with differing topics. I’ve read a lot of reviews for NA books and they do sound similar…so I can see how that would be annoying. However, I like the idea of NA because I’m in my early twenties and I do want stories in that age range, like college, etc. You don’t get that a lot in straight up Adult books. And personally, I don’t need the sex and all that…sometimes, it’s fine. All the time? Annoying.
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    • Alise

      I agree, I would like to see some semi-clean other genre NA books. I do think they have potential because there is a market out there for that age range.

  21. Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    I’m so glad you posted all of this! I’ve read several NA novels, and have only liked two or three I believe. That’s my exact worry: NA is just an excuse for YA with porn. And the fact that NA is mixed into the YA sections at bookstores is awful – I usually shop with my sister since she’s super sensitive to stuff like that, but if I let her loose and didn’t look over the books she buys, she could easily pick up the steamiest NA out there!

    And I actually have found a fantasy NA – The Akasha series by Terra Harmony. Although it’s pretty heavy not only in the sexy sex, but also rape. Definitely a bit of a surprise for me when I read it! It’s just the fact that the MC afterward started having romantic feelings toward her rapist – I get Stockholm syndrome for sure, but that trope is super dangerous and it just makes girls believe that a sadist is romantic and they’ll somehow “save” him by allowing her body to be used that way! Unless of course she’s truly into kinky stuff, but I’ve never seen it happen like that.

    I feel much better now that I’ve gotten that off my chest. Great post!
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    • Alise

      Your first paragraph are my exact thoughts, I completely agree. I would be worried if I had a younger sister or child because there are so many NA in the YA section.

      Ehhh, I will be skipping on that one. Stockholm is very tough to pull off and while the book sounds relatively interesting, I am not interested in the sexual content. Thank you!

  22. Andreea

    Great post. I admit that I have read a few NA novels (I think 4 books) and some of them I quite enjoyed. But the last one I’ve read recently wasn’t for me. It was the same drama again – falling for a jerk aka bad boy, family drama, more drama bla bla.

    It gets boring. I don’t know if I will read more of them. Maybe when I don’t have anything else to read and want drama. It’s like these bad reality Tv shows that I sometimes watch when I’m bored and don’t want to use my brain too much ( I am watching Teen Mom and Germany’s next topmodel…yeah, I am ashamed…please don’t tell anyone…)

    What you said was all true.

    Why did I read these books? Well, I read them because I wanted to try out this genre, to see why so many people were crazy about these novels and to see if I would like them too.

    And as I said, I did like some aspects of these books, but they are repetitive and I prefer Ya contemporary romances because they have a deeper meaning.

    Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts with us. I really appreciate it.

    Andreea
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    • Alise

      Aha, yeah I like a lot of reality TV too! I can see watching a lot of episodes of Teen Mom but reading 10 books (episodes) of it? Repetitive. So I totally understand.

      Yeah, I read a few just to see what the fuss was about about as well. You are so right about YA being much deeper.

  23. Aman

    I was the biggest fan of NA when it becae popular earlier this year,. I literally read every book that was in the hype and honestly loved it to bits. Now the genre has sort of worn off but I still make a point of reading atleast few of them a month because believe it or not, they are the most emotional books I’ve read. And the romance in them is just brilliant. As for you questions:

    (1) Why is it you like New Adult books? If it is close to your age range so you relate to it, why doesn’t just the adult genre or a more mature YA novel satisfy you?
    – Partly yes! I can easily relate to the characters and understand where they are coming from. Plus, it’s a goof bridge between YA and Adult, and sometimes I don’t want to read about either innocent teens or too matured adults. I just want some inbetween I could relate too.

    (2) Have you found a new adult book that is not contemporary?
    – Not really. But I usually go for contemp and I’m not up to date with books in other genres. I’m not there are a few in dystopian genre.

    (3) Would you classify New Adult safe for younger teens around the age of thirteen?
    – Nope. They are pretty sexual for that age. Even the Colleen Hoover ones that don’t have any graphic sex in it, I don’t think it;s appropriate for younger audiences.

    (4) Do you think New Adult has a particular set of tropes that every book in the genre conforms to?
    – Yes. The ones I’ve read usually are romance based with characters from opposite side of the track, a pretty huge conflict and finally a very happily ever after ending. Perfect for people like me!

    (5) What books would you recommend to a newbie (or person like me) wanting to experience the genre?
    – I always recommend Easy to new readers because that describes the genre perfectly, but if you want some current ones, you can try Greed by Fisher Amelie (but read Vain first), The Edge of Always by J.A.Redmerski or Fallen too far series by Abbi Glines.
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    • Alise

      Yeah, I’ve seen a few of your reviews and will have to check out some of the NA you loved since you know the genre pretty well! I tried Easy and didn’t care for it too much but I will for sure check out the others you mentioned!

  24. Leigh @ Little Book Star

    I don’t know yet if I like new adult books b/c I haven’t read that many, but it just sounds weird… It sounds like the majority of new adult are contemporary books and contemporary is its own genre or subgenre itself. I guess new adults are for those who are 18-21 years old? Lol Idk. I still have no words on how to describe my feelings for new adults. I realized I’ve been staying away from new adult books though. Like, when I see it on NetGalley, I refuse to request NA books.

    • Alise

      Yeah, 18-21 is how I would classify it. I tend to stay away from NA as well, unless I have seen many positive reviews on it.

  25. Janina @ Synchronized Reading

    I don’t read many contemporary books because I sometimes find them all to be the same. I will read an adult romance, but a ya romance/ya contemp typically doesn’t cut it for me. (Is that weird?! lol) Maybe it’s just preference?

    And I’ve only read one or two NA books and I felt like it was just YA with sex. It was the same and I’m trying to give the genre another try just to see if I’ll like it better, but I haven’t found that book that will let me see that NA and YA are two different things.

    Great post!
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    • Alise

      Nah, I’m really picky about my contemporary reads too!

      That’s exactly what I think it is too. I’m trying to find a book that will change my opinion on the NA genre as well!

  26. Citra

    I am glad that I am now the only one who gets confused with this whole New Adult thingy. I personally think it doesn’t make sense, there is no phase of being a new adult when you’re growing up. It’s either children, teenager or adult.

    If it’s only YA with more explicit content, why not just go and read adult book? I don’t get it. Since I don’t really care about YA books, I doubt I would ever pick NA either.
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    • Alise

      Yeah, although I can understand some college students maybe wanting some books are between the YA and adult gap in literature.

      I agree with that, and I don’t really get it either. Thanks for your comment!

  27. Kaitlin

    I honestly like the new adult genre, but I haven’t read a whole lot of them. At least, not in awhile. I think one of the biggest reasons why I don’t mind the books as much is that I don’t focus on the “tropes.” I really don’t pay much attention to them. I focus on the details and the elements tied to that specific novel. So, even though a few books in the new adult genre are really similar, I hardly pay attention to that.

    The thing I hate about NA, though, is the superfluous amount of sexual content. It’s really not necessary and it takes away from what’s really important in the story. I stay away from a lot of the NA coming out because I can tell by the covers and descriptions that I will get really irritated by the content in it. I prefer my NA to be cleaner (more like mature YA or YA/NA crossover I guess) and focused on important issues often found in realistic fiction (which may very well be my favorite genre).
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    • Alise

      I can totally understand liking the genre, it just got repetitive for me after awhile. I tend to pay more attention to tropes when I don’t have a lot of patience.

      That’s another one of my huge issues as well, I have no issue with mature stories but sexual content thrown in for no reason just doesn’t really make sense to me.

  28. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    Great post Alise! I think the New Adult genre is still finding its legs. I saw a GR group about New Adult which had 50 shades of grey in it! There’s a huge segment who think NA books are just “YA with Porn” as you said and others think it’s that saucy sexy genre (last I heard that was romance but anyway).

    NA to me is a segment that explores deeper, darker issues that YA books do. They feature late teen/early 20s characters as well. I think the NA genre is getting a bad rap but as more authors find their place in NA i think it will get better.
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    • Alise

      Sadly, I do think 50 shades is classified as NA because of the MC’s age. It’s really sad. One of my huge qualms with NA is indeed the sexual content. I hope to see some more genres in NA, though.

  29. Eve

    Honestly? I really don’t care much for genres. If a book looks interesting, it doesn’t matter what genre it is, I’ll read it. But I do hate how people classify the New Adult genre as “YA with porn”. I don’t get it. Just because there’s more sexual action doesn’t mean it’s porn. I wouldn’t give a NA book to a kid younger than fifteen-sixteen, because then if the things that happen in the book are too intense, I don’t want to feel like I’m corrupting kids, you know? I’d rather recommend a horror movie and scare the crap out of them, even though sex isn’t something dirty or disgusting. I just know girls that started doing it TOO early and I don’t want younger kids to think it’s okay.

    Anyway, probably most of what I said makes no sense. But I don’t see the point in the New Adult genre. A warning of a heavier sexual content at the beginning would do the job, too.
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    • Alise

      “I don’t want to feel like I’m corrupting kids, you know”
      Aha, yeah.

      I do understand your point, I would really appreciate seeing a page before a NA book stating what genre it is and what content is inside. Especially if the book is in the YA section of a bookstore.

  30. Lauren

    I’ve pretty much stopped reading NA recently, I just felt like I needed a break from the same story every single time. Of course there are differences from story to story, but the formula seems to remain the same. Hopefully I can return to some of the NA titles that blogger pals whose opinions I respect love, but I’m not going to be in the mood to go down that road again for awhile Great post!
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    • Alise

      I feel the exact same, Lauren! Until I get some truly great recommendations from fellow bloggers, I’m going to opt out of this genre. Thanks!

  31. Romi Foster

    I’m not drawn to the New Adult genre, either, and I do think it’s for some similar reasons as you’ve stated above, but also because I’m very hapy with Middle Grade and Young Adult at the moment. I’m not a huge fan of heavy romance or sex in books, because I just prefer other things, and from what I’ve heard (undoubtably this is not the case for all New Adult books) they’re being sold as “sexy” and “steamy, heart pounding romance” and those are just not things that draw me to a book.

    Interesting topic, Alise!
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    • Alise

      SAME. I am a huge sucker for romance but that kind of romance just lowers a book in my opinion because it usually lacks plot. I, too, still enjoy Middle Grade :)

  32. Sam @ Realm of Fiction

    Although I feel like I can easily put most NA books into the YA or Adult pen (and so feel the label itself isn’t really of much personal use to me in terms of categorising), I can see why some people might like the idea of having a further distinction. Though I wouldn’t call it a ‘genre’ as such, the same way I don’t think of ‘young adult’ as a genre. It’s is quite obvious now that most NA books are contemporary romances and that most of those contemporary romances follow similar formulas. Personally, if it’s being embraced by the industry, I’d love to see more variation now. Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season is a good example of what else the category could offer. It’s always an interesting discussion point though!
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    • Alise

      “I can easily put most NA books into the YA or Adult pen…” This. 1000%. I do see the market for this as well, but still kind of deem it unnecessary. I agree, I would love to see more diversity other than just the steamy romance that NA is now known for. I will for sure be checking out the Bone Season, thanks, Sam!

  33. Trish @ Between My Lines

    LOL, I love your graph, it made me snigger away to myself at how true it is! I have a love/hate relationship with NA books. I have ones I love and I find the really good ones make me want to fangirl. But then very quickly the genre became clichéd and that’s no fun. What I do enjoy is the emotional drama and the sizzling chemistry but I need more than that, I need well developed characters and an interesting plot. Some deliver, some don’t and while I remain a fan, I’m a lot choosier now about the ones I buy.
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    • Alise

      *Evil laughter* YES. Thanks! I am also a fan of chemistry between characters, that’s why I like YA romances so much. I just think NA needs to have more substantial content in it to be considered a new genre. Thanks for commenting!

  34. Abria @ Read. Write. Discuss.

    I think the problem is that the genre has become very one-note, with so many authors trying to emulate Beautiful Disaster, etc. to a T. It makes it easy to pigeonhole New Adult as a trash sub-genre of YA or Adult. I think it’s a shame, because for years I was on the lookout for books about characters in that age range, and disappointed when I couldn’t find any. I’m hoping that in a few months or years, New Adult will diversify and find its feet. But that won’t happen if publishers keep acquiring the same book with different character names.

    • Alise

      I so agree. Going into that age range now, I would love to see some characters my age that are easy to relate to. All these steamy NA romances are NOT something I can, or want to, relate to. ‘But that won’t happen if publishers keep acquiring the same book with different character names.” This needs to be a billboard.

  35. La Coccinelle

    I’m afraid we’re going to see NA pigeonholed. I don’t think it should be all contemporary, any more than YA should be all contemporary. It’s supposed to be about age… not genre.

    I would classify Warm Bodies as NA, and it’s not contemporary. Ignore the movie for a moment (where the main character was made younger; R was in his 20s or 30s in the book — they weren’t sure exactly — while Julie was 18 or 19), and you can use the above chart and see that the book pretty much falls into the NA category… even though it’s a post-apocalyptic zombie romance.

    Wasn’t YA mostly contemporary when it started out? NA may go through the same sort of thing, stuck in one genre, for a while until more authors start exploring more diverse sorts of genres for that age group.
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    • Alise

      “It’s supposed to be about age… not genre.” You have put all my thoughts into one sentence.

      I still have to read Warm Bodies so I can’t say anything about that but it’s nice to know it’s not all contemporary.

  36. Charleen

    I love the IDEA of NA. I’m pretty much out of that demographic now (not that I wouldn’t still read the books if they existed…) but for years I’ve been wanting books that tackled that transitory period in life, sort of a coming-of-age in the real world rather than in high school. So when I first heard that NA was a thing, I was so excited! And then, disappointed… as I realized that NA is just a sub-genre of romance.

    I want books that feature young 20-somethings finding their place in the world, and if there’s SOME romance in it, fine… but there’s so much more to life than that. Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham is a great example, and yet I’ve never heard this referred to as NA.

    For what it’s worth, I think “genre NA” is a little harder to separate from adult fiction, simply because the character growth isn’t necessarily the focus, and so the age of the characters isn’t significant one way or the other. That said, Mira Grant’s Newsflesh trilogy and her recent release Parasite all feature 20-something protagonists.
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    • Alise

      I agree. The market for NA should be attracting me, not deterring me. I want to read something just like you mentioned, something that talks about the college years without being so obviously racy.

      Ooh, I had no idea that was NA! Now I am excited-I’ll have to check that out!

  37. Katie @ Doing Dewey

    I’ve been avoiding the NA genre but have still gotten the impression that you’re right about the themes generally being the same. That actually doesn’t bother me because of the sameness of it all, since I haven’t read enough to get tired of it, but because I feel like the genre had the potential to be so much more about the universal experience of dealing with life after college. I think that’s a time when a lot of people figure out who they are and which can be really interesting. Instead of having something everyone can relate to, all we get is this one story about a shy girl and a broken but actually a good person guy. So disappointing!
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    • Alise

      Yes, yes, yes! When this genre starts to get a little more variation, I’ll have no problem giving it another chance. Until then, I am out.

  38. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    I guess I’m in the minority here who actually enjoys NA. NA isn’t my favourite genre, but I do like reading about it. I just think there’s something awesome about the protagonists being “older”. I guess because it pisses me off in YA that parents are “oblivious” or absent all the time. In NA there’s a valid reason for the characters to have absent parents because they’re independent or more mature or whatever. Nevertheless, I understand that lately many NA books seem too repetitive and include most of the same themes: death of a parent, death of a sibling, abuse, sex, etc. etc. It still doesn’t make me put the whole genre into my black list because they ARE pretty enjoyable for when I’m looking for maybe a less substantial read and more of a romantic one.

    If NA wasn’t ONLY a romantic genre, I think it would be much more popular than it is right now.
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    • Alise

      Disappearing parents is one of my biggest pet peeves in YA, so I agree. I am a college student right now so the market does appeal to me, but the stories as of right now just don’t. I would love to see some variety.

  39. Allie @ Little Birdie Books

    I’m beyond ‘on the fence’ when it comes to NA. It’s just so frickin hit and miss for me.
    A lot of it is just really repetitive, as you said and, to be honest, I’m one of those people who thinks it’s pretty much just a steamy, less thought-out version of YA.
    NA books tend to lack character development and growth. I feel like secondary characters are mostly bland and everything revolves around the romance in some way or another. Plus all roads lead back to a steamy shower scene lol.

    I don’t know, I just think NA puts too much focus on trying to be ‘sexy’, on describing how good looking and tortured the main guy is and how great the sex is. There isn’t much substance to NA books really and I find myself inching away from the genre, more and more.
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    • Alise

      Yeah, I’m the same way with contemporary in general. I also think it’s sexy YA without substance. LOL yes! You have described my thoughts on this exactly, Allie!

  40. Tabitha the Pabkins

    Hmm I don’t know why I don’t like it…I just don’t haha. Probably because its all mostly contemporary and that just isn’t my thing and all of it seems to focus on relationship or just an excuse to throw sex in there. But you know I really can’t offer a good opinion since I haven’t really found any that I am even remotely interested in reading. I think the only one I have read is Anatomy of a Boyfriend.
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    • Alise

      I don’t like it either, mainly because of the reasons you just mentioned. I’m not too interested in the genre as of right now, either.

  41. Angie

    Wow! This got a lot of comments! :) I haven’t actually tried NA yet. I am not sure where to even start. I agree with the above comment… contemporary books aren’t my thing either so I haven’t really even been interested in starting one. Lately though I have noticed that YA seems to be following the same pattern over and over too.
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    • Alise

      Contemporary YA is okay for me as long as it has substance-which is something I always thought NA lacked. YA is being repetitive too, I agree.

  42. Chantelle

    oh Alise, you have no idea how much joy this post has given to my life (and that chart? BRAVO!). I really dislike NA too. Well, I dislike the genre but I’ve really liked a couple (Easy, The Sea of Tranquility). The books are just so similar! Innocent model-perfect virgin falls for tattooed muscled badboy, but both have some sort of past that keeps them from admitting their feelings to each other minus the copious sex scenes. And every single cover is of two people kissing. It just lacks so much substance as a genre, the popularity of it is frustrating.
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    • Alise

      Aha, thanks :D Yep, that is the exact formula that I am getting tired of as well! Right? Even the covers are repetitive.

  43. Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

    I tried a couple of NA books, and in general I hate the genre. I hate seeing the same patterns in the books that I’ve read. I hate the need to raise the bar in shock value. I hate the bad boy that needs to “saved”. I hate the “good/shy girl”. I’ll admit the sex scenes are generally very good, BUT I need more from a book than good sex you know. I’ve read a few that were an exception to the rule but it’s so formulaic. What’s the point of reading when you know all the big things that’s going to happen.

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    • Alise

      Exactly! I’m glad you feel the same, books are already repetitive without following a cookie cutter outline for a certain genre.

  44. Sophia Lin

    Well, I’m not a big fan. Does YA crossovers count?!?!?!

    I’m not a fan of romance myself, particularly contemporary.

    Then again, there are some that I do enjoy, and like I mentioned… they’re crossovers. I HAVE heard of New Adult Dystopians before… I think Through Glass by Rebecca Ethington is one of them? In my library, but haven’t read it yet.

    In Equation form though… (yay for math! :p)
    Contemporary + Sophia = We are not BFFs. It will not happen. Unless there is no romance.

    Paranormal + Fantasy + Action + Retellings + Sophia = You just got my attention. Definition: Probable chance of me picking up the book.

    New Adult + Sophia = Um… sure… but me squeamish if there’s over-the-top-not-so-adult-but-still-implying-it romance (hence why, and I quote myself: “Little to no romance, or romance is appropriate for YA audience”

    I guess I’m neutral. *sighs* When will my neutrality thoughts stop..? I can’t even choose between teams. >_<
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  45. Lori Adams

    Very intriguing discussion here; lots of varying opinions about the New Adult genre. I am, not only a reader of NA, but a writer of the genre as well. I have a series coming out next year–SOULKEEPERS–with Random House’s FLIRT imprint. Soulkeepers is a Paranormal Romance so I’m thrilled to hear everyone searching for something besides straight-up contemporary. I want that too! I completely agree that the genre needs more variety. And I think it’s coming.

    The MC of the Soulkeepers Series is Sophia, a senior in high school, so she’s on the low end of this ambiguous age range for NA. However, her counterparts are temperamental angels and irresistible demons who are, for all intents and purposes, ageless. I hoped to break some formulas here too: although there is a love triangle, the girl is no wilting violet and the bad boy does not need to be saved.

    I think writing NA offers a unique opportunity to break molds and expand themes. I hate the same-old-same-old as much as everybody else. But this genre is fairly new, and like others that have come before it, it takes time to develop. The titillating aspects may be drawing attention to it and making a name for some authors but it’s readers like I’ve read here that will ultimately make the change. Believe me, editors and publishers pay attention to buying trends and reader feedback. You want variety, ask for it. You’ll get it.

    I’m not fan of gratuitous sex scenes, especially if they do not serve the story well. I believe in character development because the struggles we experience with our heros or heroines–whether they are trying to outwit hell’s most notorious demons, successfully juggle college classes, or discover the many layers of themselves–gives substance to the story. And that makes for great storytelling, in my opinion.

    For those of you who have not tried NA yet, I suggest you do, but chose wisely. One book does not make a genre. For those who have been reading and finding repetition or shallow story lines, hang in there. New Adult is expanding. Already, we are seeing quality adult writers offering their talents to the genre. And subcategories are on the way. Like Paranormal Romance ;)

    • Alise

      That is really great to hear, Lori. I am glad you are writing something new in the genre, something we can all look out for.

      Sounds like a coming of age, which I am always interested in because it basically is New Adult-a teenager coming into the world. A heroine like that is refreshing.

      Very true.

      Exactly! Sometimes they are just so unnecessary and don’t help the plot along at all. If it is for character development like you mentioned, I have no issue.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  46. Mary Had a Little Book Blog

    I totally understand your concern here. The first two quotes are valid criticism, but I appreciate the hope in the third. I like the idea of bridging that gap between childhood (yes, I’m considering teenage years as childhood hear)/dependence and adulthood. Honestly, I think YOUNG ADULT is misnamed. Even though I’m in my mid-20s and I read almost exclusive ya, I prefer it much more when I see it labeled as Teen books. So easily definable. Makes sense. Although that has prompted one local bookstore to have a Teen section and a YA section, which is really their MG. Now THAT has gotten confusing. But I digress.

    When you find a good, well-developed, well-written new adult, you’ll understand why it’s a good thing. A lot of writers (and honestly, most of them are amateurs) have capitalized on this new genre early for the early surge of funds, thus overwhelming the genre with poorly-written novels full of those terrible clichéd tropes like good-girl-bad-boy blah blah blah. To be honest, even the well-written ones still hold onto those tropes, but they’re executed well so it’s a bit more exusable. I have enjoyed Jennifer L. Armentrout’s J. Lynn novels and Viv Daniels’ (Diana Peterfreund’s new pen name) One & Only.

    Great post!

    Mary @ Mary Had a Little Book Blog
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  47. Auggie

    I know that this post is a bit old, but I definitely wanted to put in my two cents on this one.

    When the NA category became a real thing I was initially extremely happy. I was expecting that writers from ALL genres would release books that had characters in their 20’s dealing with life-transition in general.

    Not so, it seems. The only genre I see on the usual in NA is contemporary romance.

    Where’s the Fantasy? Paranormal? Mystery? Sci-Fi? Steampunk? Dystopian? Horror? I mean WHERE IS IT? 20 something readers don’t just like contemporary/romantic fiction. I mean geezus.

    Not to mention the focus of the majority of these novels seem to be relationships/sexuality. Are relationships and sexuality part of the transition from childhood to adulthood? Well, duh, but that doesn’t mean that every book has to be saturated in it. NOR does it mean that these are the only issues 20 somethings have to deal with. And no, it’s not just Alcohol, drugs, and whatever else. I’m talking EMOTIONAL issues that have nothing to do with romantic relationships. Discovering who you are, what you want to give to the world, what you want to BE. Where’s that? And besides… books with a focus on sexuality don’t have to always be contemporary. I find that rather boring.

    Also, why does it seem our NA category audience is obsessed with sex in literature? Sexual TENSION is way more interesting and satisfying than 100 sex scenes, at least for me.

    Sexuality isn’t the only thing that young 20 somethings deal with in life. Figuring out who the hell you are as a person has a lot to do with it and figuring yourself out only via ANOTHER PERSON and intense sexual/romantic relationships is (as anyone with half a mind will surely tell you) not healthy.

    I think that graphic contemporary romance has a place in NA, just like it does in the adult genre. But I really really think it’s a shame that no other author has attempted to broaden the horizons by adding in a little more color genre wise. Maybe it’s because they don’t see the point.

    • Alise

      I definitely think New Adult has a lot of potential to be a great genre. While I was a bit more skeptical about it than you when it first became a thing, there are some great books out there I’ve enjoyed.

      That’s the general consensus-there needs to be more diversity. I’d be in the first one to pick up a New Adult fantasy.

      I agree. Coming of age isn’t always dependent on a sexual relationship but that seems to be the connection in most NA I’ve read, which is kind of sad. Great point.

    • Carro

      Your post is excellent! I was just discussing with a co-worker about why this genre isn’t more diverse (I’d be interested on a Historical take on NA). Taking some of the more universal themes of NA and play them out during the Victorian, Frontier, Civil War, Turn of the Century, Post WW2 eras?

      Every single NA book I’ve come across the dynamic between the Heroine and Hero is: controlling, possessiveness, youthful rage and angst in a modern setting. I’ve found some to be SO emotionally draining and unrelentingly intense. They just were not very fun to read.

      I also agree with your take on sexual tension sometimes being more satisfying than the actual act of sex. I guess that comes with age because at 20 all I wanted to see in my romance novels was sex, sex, oh and more sex. As I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to enjoy the slow burn.

      To be fair I guess this is still a growing and evolving genre (as most are) and hopefully some of the concerns shared in this blog and in the comments will be met by a new wave of NA authors who will turn the genre on its ear?

  48. Rita Sands

    I used to think new adult was this burgeoning new marketing category (it’s not a genre!) but as I read more new adult books they became more of the same. New adult has the common criticism of being ‘young adult with porn’ and it is justly deserved. That is what most new adult books read like. New adult is supposed to be something that takes on the challenges of becoming an adult, but many books (and their authors) decide that the challenges of being an adult is boring and not angst-ridden enough to they throw it out the window in favour of ‘romance’. Don’t get me wrong. I like romance and I like angst (when it’s done well). I just really hate new adult because it has so much potential but it’s such a pity to see it wasted on insipid dysfunctional romances.

    • Alise

      “New adult is supposed to be something that takes on the challenges of becoming an adult.” This. So many NA books focus on the other things you mention and ignore the rest. I really would love to see some NA venture into fantasy or sci-fi.

  49. Bess

    I’ve just found this post, and I totally agree with it. At the beginning of the popularity of NA books, I was so happy! Finally I could read a book that has an important message regarding life challenges, and is also includes a little romance and hot guys. I read the first pioneers (all the books that were presented in your post) and I loved all except the Losing it. Then came Vincent boys, Between the lines and Hopeless etc. and I just realised that these kind of romances are too much for me in this amount. They are too cheezy, too predictable, too similar compared to the others… But I still felt deviant when I reviewed them because I barely saw other disappointed opinions. And why? Because all the characters from these books have a tragic past, that makes the reader feel sorry for them and you must if you are not cold-hearted… (that’s what the others said at least). So now I’m trying to avoid this genre because it won’t give me anything but frustration and I can’t wait too see a new genre that could invade the book market. :D
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    • Alise

      Those were my initial thoughts as well! I think the NA genre really has potential, especially if they add in the things you mentioned. I would love to read books made specifically for my age range because they would be really relatable but like you said, it’s mostly just romance, and if you read one, you’ve almost read them all. I do hope the genre breaks out of its box and maybe expands to other genres like fantasy or science fiction.

  50. Manda

    Bahahaha I love this post! I haven’t read NA at all so I’m not one to speak, but the reasons I avoid it are exactly the reasons why you dislike it! So, I don’t think I’m going to try it out any time soon…
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    • Alise

      Thank you :) There are a few gems out there, but they can get so repetitive, to where you can guess the entire plot just a few pages in. Right now it’s mostly romance dominated but I would like to see it expand.

  51. Carro

    I guess I was a tad behind on this emerging genre. At the time I didn’t realize that all of these new books clogging up the bestsellers lists were “New Adult”. I just assumed they were traditional romance novels. I’d looked over so many interesting covers/synopsis that in short form sound intriguing but then you buy the actual book and as the story unfolds it’s like reading Fanfiction off of FanFiction.net. Repetitive plots, cringe-worthy dialogue, immature hot-headed, tattooed bad boys (why do so many of them seem to be involved in MMA?), the shy/timid, virginal (but mostly stupid) twenty-something heroine. Ugh.

    Similar to having a mysterious illness, you start to feel more empowered once you find out what the name and the signs and symptoms are and how to treat it. As such I’ve now learned what code words and plot devices to look out for to save myself time, money and frustration.

    • Alise

      I think I stumbled upon it as well, it definitely seemed to come up out of nowhere. “Repetitive plots, cringe-worthy dialogue, immature hot-headed, tattooed bad boys.” Yes, exactly. That summarizes 80% of the NA I’ve read and have heard of. That’s my biggest qualm with the genre. LOL, they do all seem to be involved with some sort of fighting. And yes, the heroine is almost always naive.

      This is true. I can also tell by the synopsis now, they definitely use somewhat of the same summaries. For right now, I’m only picking up NA that is recommended to me by close friends who’s recs I trust.

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