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Are you comfortable with the direction NA is going.... with all the erotic scenes and steamy covers?
When New Adult first hit the scene a couple of years ago, most of us were eager to see the Young Adult genre branch out and grow up. I was hoping for diversity and more mature stories without the YA love triangles and insta love that were so prevalent.
Unfortunately, my enthusiasm for New Adult has quickly waned. I am writing this post right after completing two NA books, which have reaffirmed my opinion of the genre. Now I realize that not all NA books are alike, but I am personally getting tired of the same old same old. I feel like too many of the popular books in NA are just rehashing similar worn out themes. You could probably pick ten NA titles at random and find several that feature either one or both of the protagonists overcoming some type of dramatic issue whether it be abuse, drinking drugs, rape etc. Then said character or characters meet someone, fall in love and learn to heal because of their relationship. Sound familiar? I assure you, this is the common theme in NA, and my last two NA reads followed this same pattern.
I am fed up with the lack of originality in the genre. Too many authors want to copy the success of authors like Colleen Hoover, Tammara Webber, Jessica Sorensen and Abbi Glines so we are treated to more books following these authors' leads.
One of the books I just read was a Colleen Hoover book, and I couldn't help but to draw comparisons to her other novels while reading it. She used several of the same themes in her latest novel that I had experienced in other books: forbidden love, devastating lose and heart break and a new love to heal all wounds.
Where is the originality? I would love to seem more paranormal/dystopian NA reads or even humorous NA books. I know there are some out there, but I am still longing to see much more diversity with the genre. NA right now feels a bit to my like the YA market there for awhile after the success of Twilight.
Then you have all the covers in New Adult. Is it just me, or do you feel like you are seeing variations of the same cover over and over again? (see covers above) There are so many NA books out there with couples in provocative clothes, engaged in making out or close to making out on the cover. I doubt you would leave your many of your NA titles laying around the house for when company comes over. Some of them are downright racy!
The sex in NA is prominent, explicit and sometimes borders on erotica. I have read several NA books where the sex was over the top, and I honestly felt like they should have been in the erotica category. Don't be fooled into thinking that NA is for mature teens, some of the sexual content and topic matter are best suited for adults. If the book has a warning label on it, think twice before handing it to a teen. Most NA is truly for those seventeen and up.
As far as the direction NA is going, I am not happy with it because I feel like it is stuck in a rut.
My hope is that we will soon see more diversity in the genre, as I am tired of the same old same old. I unfortunately am putting NA on the shelve for awhile until I see a change in direction, because I can only handle so many broken characters falling in love....
Is it just me or do you all feel that NA is lacking originality?
Next week's topic:
Library Love: Do you support your local library and take advantage of all it has to offer?