There's a serious lack of books that are meant for college kids. Why is that? I read somewhere that they believe that there isn't a market for college kids because they have to read so much for class anyways that they won't read other books. That... is a bullshit excuse. I read...all the time. I have seen plenty of book bloggers also in college. Yeah, we're not the majority, but I can tell you that if I've read a really good book, I recommend it to my friends, and my friends put aside their work to read it too. College kids love to procrastinate. Give them a good reason to and they will. (Just like everybody else, right?)
I searched on amazon to see what kind of books had been published about college. More than half were about sex--people sharing their experiences from freshman year, their first time, etc. And a lot of the others were how-to guides. That's not the whole college experience... But the only other non-sex or how-to oriented book I've come across about college is Lev Grossman's The Magicians; I bought it immediately.
People also say that college kids can find what they want in either YA or Adult novels. YA novels tend to focus on characters who don't really know who they are yet. Adult novels seem to focus on the types of choices the characters have to make. Neither exactly fits college students.
So I came up with a theory--that crossover books will become a new genre geared towards the absence of books for college students. Why? Here are my reasons:
I think a great example of a crossover book is Matched by Ally Condie. I could see the message of this dystopian society passing every age boundary, and I can especially see college students enjoying this novel. We're free to make our choices and challenge ourselves, and this society erases that notion, makes us look back and appreciate the small things we do have.
It even seems like more crossover books are being released. (Unless that's just me who thinks that?). Maybe it won't be a new "genre," but I do wonder whether or not others have noticed the current gap in publishing. And I dislike the prejudice I've endured from people like my brother (who said, "Aren't you a little too old to be reading that?" [that meaning a YA novel]). Yet, sometimes I agree; some YA books I can't get into because their protagonists are too immature. I could have a few years ago but not anymore. I had to avoid some contemporary YA because I was out of high school and didn't particularly want to revisit it. College students can identify more so with crossover books than regular adult or YA novels.
At any rate, I really hope that publication of crossover books increases. I'd love to see it become a new genre. What do you guys think?
*Note: this is a giant generalization. I know there are older people who read YA and vice versa. With college students, I am also referencing people aged 18ish (right when you're technically an "adult") and above, especially since I know that not everybody goes to college. I just think that crossover covers the lack of books with college-aged protagonists.
**More sad evidence of lack of books for college students: my library at school only had the Twilight series and scant adult novels for casual reading.