Genre Clarification: Young Adult Fiction


Young adult fiction (often called “YA”) is written for readers ages 12 to 18. They incorporate the typical reading level and worldview of tweens and teens in this age group.

It’s interesting to note that while the genre is targeted to adolescents, approximately half of YA readers are adults.

The subject matter and genres of YA correlate with the age and experience of the protagonist. The genres available in YA are expansive and include most of those found in adult fiction. Common themes related to YA include friendship, first love, relationships, and identity. Stories that focus on the specific challenges of youth are sometimes referred to as problem novels or coming-of-age novels.

Young adult fiction was developed to soften the transition between children’s novels and adult literature.

The most popular examples of YA Fiction would be the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series.

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