Show Your Merits

Young adult literature often gets berated as if it is not a legitimate genre and shouldn’t be respected. Lately, however, sales say otherwise. Adult women often come into the bookstore where I work and ask where the young adult section is, sometimes blushing with shame and sometimes brimming with excitement.

Adult fiction authors are starting to branch out into the young adult genre. Harlequin romance authors like Sherrilyn Kenyon and Gena Showalter Romance authors such as Sherrilyn Kenyon (St. Martins) and Gena Showalter (Harlequin) are trying their hand at the genre, due to the ever-growing fan base. At a book signing for Cassandra Clare, I was able to speak to her agent, Barry Goldblatt.

“Kenyon is due to come out with her own YA book, I hear,” I mentioned. He cut me off quickly.

“We don’t mention that name here,” he said with a smirk and a quick glance to his author.

Young adult authors writing for the love of the genre resent the adult authors that jump on the bandwagon. Sooner or later that bandwagon’s going to be full. The genre is forever growing and more authors are attempting to reach a younger fan base. It helps that young adult authors write to entertain and to lead the reader on a coming of age journey.

I’ll be bringing you reviews of young adult books and news on events happening in New York. This week is the NYC Teen Author Festival. Unfortunately, school stands in my way and I will be missing out on the chance to meet a few of my favorite authors, including David Levithan (the organizer of this event), Maggie Stiefvater, and Libba Bray. Click here to find out more about the event on their Facebook.

Author’s note:

In response to the comment about Sherrilyn Kenyon and Harlequin, I was referring to the publisher rather than the style of writing. You were correct, however, Kenyon is not published by Harlequin. Thank you for bringing that to my attention!


3 thoughts on “Show Your Merits

  1. Valerie says:

    I’m not sure if I would consider Kenyon to be harlequin romance. In my understanding harlequin tends to be the dime novel/fluff pieces. It’s a specific brand. Kenyon’s books certainly have a distinct romance tilt, but they veer into a realm somewhere between fiction and romance, especially in her later books.

  2. Drizz says:

    I think it’s great when anything breaks outside it’s intend genre. The fact that these older women look to buy these books as well shows that there is a definite versatility to the young adult genre. It’s often a very good sign when something expands beyond it’s intended audience.

  3. Julianne says:

    Great first post, I look forward to following your blog!

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