What makes young adult fiction so fascinating for people of all ages? Our teen years are some of the most memorable years of our lives; we remember the invincible feelings, the wonder, and the new world around us. We can relate to the need for adventure, the wanting to feel special and be the chosen one.
Each day the number of YA fiction books published grows. It’s among the most read genre of this generation. Most of the authors, however, are far from young adults. But what may surprise you, is that a good percentage of the readers are far from young adults.
YA fiction is inspiring in many ways. It can take place in a whole new world, a variation of this world, present, past or future. The combinations are endless. But what makes these adult authors want to write about teens:
1. Desire to understand their own teenagers.
2. Desire to relive their own teen years.
3. Because it's among the most popular genre.
Some adult authors do a fantastic job and hit the teen characters spot on, while others are sloppy and create a generic teenager that strays from reality.
While it’s hit and miss for adults, there are quite a few authors who get these teen characters and the YA genre perfectly. It may come as a surprise, but the best YA authors are those who are teenagers and young adults themselves.
Teenage writers are popping up everywhere. Is this the cry of the generation? Are they begging to be heard and standing up to do something about it. Maybe this will help teenagers be more understood. Perhaps that’s the real reason more and more adults are delving into YA fiction: to understand teenagers better.
Not only do teen authors have the potential to help adults and parents understand, they also have the ability to give other teens a book, characters, and a story to relate to.
Could YA fiction actually bridge the generation gap? Could YA fiction actually help dissolve teen angst? Only time will tell. After all, teenagers just want to be understood. With more and more teen writers coming forth, it could change communication between adult and young adult, parent and child as we know it.