Why New Adult Novels Are Not Satisfying MeDear readers/publishing industry/etc.,
Did you initially rejoice when the trend for New Adult novels started?
Do you ever feel dissatisfied with NA novels--at least how they're headed now?
Welcome! To start off this post, let me quote from a review request I received recently about a NA novel:
"Readers everywhere are falling in love with new adult novels. Nostalgic for some and aspirational for others, these books address the tumultuous move from the teen years to adulthood. Filled with real-life problems, difficult decisions, and the challenges of adult romantic relationships, these novels sweep readers on the fast-paced emotional journey into adulthood."This blurb about NA novels also seems to emphasize its focus on romance. Yeah, there are some real-life problems and difficult decisions, but I have read some pretty popular NA novels and did a quick browse through Goodreads for novels shelved as NA... and those covers and summaries really seem to emphasize the romance plot lines and sex. Even within these romance plot lines, I don't feel like I've seen a whole lot of diversity.
I want more. I don't want NA only focused on relationships. My life as a twenty-one-year-old college student is not focused on relationships. It wasn't when I first started college and it certainly isn't now either. And I don't think I'm only one who is like that--there is so, so much going on in college and there is so much potential for other things to be examined. So it seems to me like the setting is not being explored as much as it could and should be.
That's my two cents. What do you think? I'm also not a huge fan of the category name, New Adult.