Saturday, January 29, 2011

YA Lit Labels. Anyone else confused????

Can someone please define a quantifiable difference between "YA" and "Teen" Literature???? -- For a writer (like, ahem, yours truly) to write a book for older teens (15+) through college age and then try to market it as "YA" seems weird.

The YA demographic seems way too wide, in my opinion. 11 year olds and 19 year olds do NOT (and sometimes should not) read the same books!!!!

Would love to hear comments. Thanks.

1 comment:

Scott Fields said...

Great point here. I can't help but agree that even the spread between an 11-year-old and, say, a 16-year-old is quite a gap.

Part of the problem here, of course, is that a lot of college "kids" are quite comfortable reading YA (many of them seem uncomfortable going beyond it, in fact).

It's great food for thought. Actually, that goes for a lot of what I'm seeing on this site. I wish I saw more. You don't appear to have blogged for a while. What's up?

I just found your site through a friend (one of your followers). I was hooked from the moment I read the bit about how your home is full of books that've been burned by religious nutballs. Sounds a lot like my shelfspace. ;-) I like your writing, and would love to know more about your projects.

You can contact me through my website: Or e-mail me at Either way, I'd like to hear from you.

- Scott