I was reading the clip on the Amazon homepage and then the link to Jessica Park's blog and this bugged me. It's been bugging me for awhile.
Why isn't 18 to 25 popular?
As a late 20 something I really don't care much for YA books. Why? Well I don't really care about the puppy love shenanagains of kids in high school, drama at the lockers, the lunch table, etc. I prefer adult romance but sometimes I don't like the responsibilities.
18-25 is the best fit I think. 1. they can do whatever they want. Julie doesn't have daddy telling her she can't do out with Kaylen because she's 17 and lives in his house and she's not a minor. 18+ are on their own. No adults and so much more freeing.
2. there's no set responsilbilities and real world thoughts. Not really.
A 22 year old girl isn't listening to her bio clock worrying abot babies. The hero isn't some rich suit CEO. He doesn't have to be a keg chugging Animal House frat boy but he's just as confused about how he wants to transition after 25 as the girl.
It's "young" like a kid yet not "old" like the rest of us, bill paying, 401k, taxes taking out chunks of our pay and taking care of the house, SO, kids, getting older mom and dad, being the sandwich adult where you have your teens approaching 20 somethings then you have to deal with taking care of your getting elderly parents too.
WHY isn't this age group more popular? I understand wanting to just jump them into adult romance and making them older but why do they have to be?
It's great not being a minor YA yet not of age to have the "you're an adult" 18-25 is still REALLY kiddie. The ones I know which is a lot act like the under 17s yet they're of age like the "older adult" romance people.
The perfect in between.
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