While I often write about YA novels and their authors, it is important to know what exactly young adult literature is. For starters, young adult novels themselves are novels written for a younger audience, typically middle-schoolers and high-schoolers.
On the surface, that may seem like all that’s necessary for an explanation. Delving deeper, I set out to look at the genre a little more closely.
A huge part of YA is the following it has. If you look on Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, or any other social media outlet, you’ll find hundreds and hundreds of posts relating to YA characters and series. As readers, we fall in love with the characters and their stories. Some (or most) of us even obsess over the couples and relationships we read about.
Perhaps we as teens fall in love with these stories because of the comfort and community they provide. These stories are constant. Even with the changes that come with being young, these stories never disappoint us. In addition to this, they create a community of people who love the books a much as we do.
The second part of YA that contributes to its popularity is the newly formed relationships between authors and their readers. With social media, authors can tweet at their fans and share their opinions on their characters. They can announce new books, answer questions, and even chat with fellow authors. This connection allows readers to connect with authors on a new level.
As a teen, I have fallen in love with YA literature. It has motivated me and other teen writers to pursue a career writing stories just like the ones that have always been there for us. Despite the YA name, anyone can enjoy a young adult novel. So whether you’re 15 or 82, it’s never too late.