I just wanted to take a second and clear something up.
I’ve been seeing a lot of the “new adult” genre lately. I’ve also seen it being referred to Taking on the Dead. I’m sorry if some think or were lead to believe otherwise, but it is not YA or New Adult. I’ve never, ever classified it as YA. Yeah, I love to read YA, but I love to read everything.
Having no idea what New Adult Fiction entailed, I had to google it.
This is what wikipedia had to say:
This category is intended to be marketed to post-adolescents and young-adults ages 14 to 35. This age group is considered to be the lucrative ‘cross-over’ category of young-adult titles that appeal to both the young-adult market and to an adult audience. Publishers of young-adult fiction now favor this category as it encompasses a far broader audience. The chief features that distinguish this category from Young-adult fiction are the perspective of the young antagonist and the scope of the antagonist’s life experience. Perspective is gained as childhood innocence fades and life experience is gained, which brings insight. It is this insight which is lacking in traditional young-adult fiction.
New-adult Fiction or post-adolescent literature is a recent category of fiction for young adults first proposed by St. Martin’s Press in 2011. St. Martin’s Press editors wanted to address the coming-of-age that also happens in a young person’s twenties. They wanted to consider stories about young adults who were legally adults, but who were still finding their way in building a life and figuring out what it means to be an adult.
With that said, Kan might be 24, but Taking on the Dead is in no way New Adult. I classify The Famished Trilogy as adult fiction. Dark-Fantasy to be exact.
If I let people continue to believe these books are New Adult, I would not feel good about it.
I would not want a 14 year old reading it. There is graphic violence, graphic sexual scenes and situations, drug use, heavy language… if it were a movie, anyone under 17 would have to show an ID to go see it.
I guess the reader can make up their own minds, but as the author, I wanted that to be stated and clear just in case anyone reads somewhere else that it is.
You have been warned.