However recently I've seen various articles and posts about what YA actually means. I think the genre of New Adult has further confused some people about the age certain books are aimed at.
Young adult in most stores relates to the 13-18 year old market but I read one article that said recent studies show that 55% of young adult fiction is purchased by readers over 18 years of age.
Another article said that the age bracket needs to be redefined. Separated with possible age classifications printed on novels. Teen fiction could be 10-15 year olds and Young Adult fiction 16-25 year olds.
When I wrote my book The Awakening I was hoping both teens and adults would like it in the same way adults read and loved Twilight and Harry Potter. Both of these books were primarily aimed at teens but had a crossover appeal.
I wrote The Awakening with young adults in mind although my main character Lauren is 20. One reader did suggest she may be too old for teens. However so far no one else has raised this issue. I deliberately chose to make Lauren 20 as it always frustrated me in YA novels that 16 and 17 year olds skip school, drive, can afford cars and are out all night with no parents seeming to notice (bad parenting ha ha!!!). I did deliberate making Lauren 17 but decided against it.
Whilst writing I did feel conflicted about the use of swear words especially as Lauren is 20. I did include a few swear words as in certain arguments/situations in the book they seemed appropriate but I then removed them worried it maybe inappropriate for young teens. I am in the middle of writing book number 2 and am still unsure about the use of swear words and whether it is suitable in YA books. Most teens now a days swear but teens also age and develop differently and there's not a one size fist all option.
What are your thoughts?
Swearing in YA?
Are you an adult that reads and enjoys YA books?
I'm interested in your thoughts.