As I sit on the train everyday going to and from work, I have a unique opportunity…I witness a diverse crowd of people reading a wide range of books. Last year, it was fun to see the guys reading a book from the Twilight series (guess what, we can tell even with the dust jackets off LOL) and years ago it was the Harry Potter series…the “true adult book lovers”, to me, stuck with the original covers, not the fancy schmancy grown up ones!
So what is it about YA that captures an audience that is YA and, well, older? Off the top of my head, here’s my list of things:
Character Development ~ So much growth takes places over the teen years. At high school, you meet so many new friends & are exposed to new things, both good & bad (though I missed out on the paranormal!)
Escapism ~ well this really works for ANY book but to make it YA related…maybe you weren’t part of the ‘in’ crowd or were shy and wish you could have done something differently, now’s your chance to experience it!
Peter Pan syndrome ~ the desire to stay young, or at least to relive your youth!
HEA ~ I try to be a very optimistic person & love all things cute (MG is great for this) and happily ever after. Many YA books give that perfect ending, be it the girl gets the guy OR the godd wins over evil.
and last but not least, the swoon-worthy guys, the romance & angst! In YA it’s so subtle & gives the reader warm & fuzzy feelings
What is it about YA that draws you in?