ionR: The New Adult genre: A success or a failure with romance readers?
The New Adult genre: A success or a failure with romance readers?
Today we are discussing the topic of the New Adult genre and asking readers the important question-is this genre a hit or a miss? We hope that you join us!
In my solo opinion if there was a genre that was equally causing as much controversy in comparison with the erotic-fiction I would have to choose the New Adult romances that are in large supply in today’s publishing industry.
What exactly is New Adult? Believe or not I get asked this question many times by fellow readers and it is a great question to ask.
New Adult or sometimes referred to as new-adult fiction is a genre that is suppose to appeal to readers between ages 18-30 and celebrates leaving adolescents and becoming well, a new adult.
The genre was first proposed by St. Martin’s Press (a favorite publisher of mine) and since the year of 2009 the genre has been explored among authors and readers alike. So why all of the uproar? Well, here is my personal experience in reviewing this genre.
I do not typically understand the concept of the genre itself. Most of the standard romances that I am reading currently regardless of contemporary, historical, paranormal and so forth already have dealt with both heroines and heroes in this age range. The age range is quite popular in romance and rarely do I get to have a hero past the thirty mark. It does happen, but only on occasions. This leads me to believe that most publishers were already on board the ‘new adult’ trend before St. Martin’s Press began to market and to single the new-adult fiction as one genre. Still, that does not mean that there are not authors and novels to be enjoyed within this frame. After all we are all romance readers and we want to give each new genre, or book or even author a tryout.
As a reviewer I have done just that and have been impressed with NA authors such as Jennifer L. Armentrout, Tamarra Webber and Jamie McGuire. If those authors doesn’t sound familiar than I am certain that authors such as Sylvia Day and E.L. James will. If you are surprised to see that I am actually referring to the notorious Fifty Shades of Grey, then you are not alone. In reality the trilogy is actually considered by many critics to be an erotic, new-adult fiction and this is where the chaos begins.
Most critics have the largest dilemma regarding the genre based on the X. Should new-adult fiction offer such erotic, raw and sometimes abusive scenes? Or a more important question is-should heroines at such a tender and often times vulnerable age be introduced to such scenes? I do not think so, but I do not think that any large amounts pugnacious behavior that threatens the characters within the novel should be applauded.
Whatever the reasons as to why readers and reviewers together do not favor the NA fiction there are many valid points as to why we should give the genre a chance.
Here are a few of the more positive causes:
- Authors tend to pen their novels very differently when writing a NA romance. This does not mean that every author will feature aggressive scenes and many do not.
- Heroines/heroes do not have to deal with many of the same family issues as many of the elder characters have done such as with children, ex-spouses and so forth.
- For those of us below the thirty-mark (myself included) it can be a fun retreat to see fictional characters learning and making the same errors that can relate to both love, education and careers without taking too much of a penalty for those mistakes.
- HFN is a much larger and more acceptable marker in NA than the HEA-endings which suits the tones of the novels very well.
In the end whether or not we love, hate or have mutual feelings about the NA genre one thing that I think we can all agree on is that this new romance is here to stay.
Our questions are what are your opinions regarding the genre? Do you think novels should feature such fierce scenes? Lastly, have you or would read a novel from new-adult fiction? Please let us know!