For those of you that don’t know, ‘NA Lit’ is New Adult Literature. It’s literature aimed at, well, new adults in their early twenties. It’s one of the fastest growing genres out there and has exploded in popularity in just a single year. But it’s controversial.
Supporters say that NA can portray a time in people’s lives that is still very turbulent because it’s a time when most people are off to post-secondary education, they’re on their own for the first time, they’re starting to date outside their comfort zones, etc. Critics say that NA lit is basically a sexed-up more violent version of Young Adult literature.
Personally, I don’t really have a stance on NA. Like with every genre, it has some good and some bad books. That’s just how it is. As for whether it’s a legitimate genre or not I figure I’ll let the literature snobs in magazines and newspapers argue about it while I read or ignore it at my leisure. I don’t intentionally seek out NA lit to read but I have read some books and they weren’t really all that different from YA. But I have limited experience in the matter.
So what I want to know is: what do you think of the emergence of New Adult literature? Is it an important genre for people in the targeted age group? Do you like NA? Let me know in the comments below!