My Thoughts on New Adult by Nichole Chase
I spend the majority of my time immersed in the book world. I am obsessed about books—they’re my passion. They’re also my job. And just like a stock broker who wakes up every morning and reads the Wall Street Journal and checks the market over a cup of coffee, I get up, browse blogs, articles, and check the best-seller lists. This means the phenomenon of New Adult isn’t so new to me. I’ve been hearing about and reading it for a while now. However, if you don’t live and breathe books the way I do, it’s something that might be a little confusing. Media has definitely given it a sensational spin. They label it as Fifty Shades of Grey for teens, or as Erotica. However, that’s incredibly misleading, not to mention poorly researched. Here are my thoughts about the emerging trend. Some people will disagree with me and that’s okay. I’m just trying to make sense out of all that’s out there in the media—both in print and on the Internet.
The truth is, New Adult books aren’t all about sex, drugs, and rock and roll. (Though, those books are out there.) New Adult is purely a way to identify the age group of the protagonist. Young Adult books are about teenagers and New Adult books are about new adults—college-aged—characters. What does that mean? Just like in the Young Adult demographic, every book you pick up is different. There are New Adult Romances, New Adult Thrillers, New Adult Dystopians (if there aren’t any, there should be!), and New Adult Paranormals. The list could go on and on! The only thing that sets the New Adult demographic apart is the age group. The normal range for a New Adult book is eighteen to twenty-five. In the past, this age group was mostly overlooked. Publishers would often send books back to authors and tell them that they needed to change the characters’ ages to under eighteen or to their upper twenties. They felt there was no market for college-aged protagonists. The thing is, there is a huge market for these characters. Just like Young Adult books, people of all ages read New Adult books. It’s an exciting time in a person’s life! Why wouldn’t we find it interesting to read about?
Do these books have sexual situations in them? Some of them most definitely do. As much as society often wants to ignore this, sex is part of life. Especially during the college years or early twenties. But guess what? Some of them don’t have any sex in them. What? You didn’t know that? One large example is Slammed by Colleen Hoover. The book revolves around a very serious love story, but there is no sex. I’m using this as an example because some of those misleading “news” reports list this book with headlines about sex. Confusing, huh? Especially when you think those news stations or papers are supposed to research what they are talking about.
I, for one, am very glad there is a New Adult category now for many reasons. The truth is, when I was a young adult? I didn’t read Young Adult books. I skipped them and went straight to adult books. I read a lot of Science Fiction and Fantasy. In hindsight, I realize those stories did feature characters who were college-aged—just not in a contemporary setting. I also read Nora Roberts and Anne Rice—how’s that for sex in books? I skipped directly over the majority of the twenties and read about characters who were much, much older than I was. Could I relate? Some. Did I often skip over some of the scenes that I couldn’t identify with? Um, yeah. I wish there had been books about college-aged protagonists for me to read about. It could have given me insight into the area of life that I was headed toward.
So, if you thought that New Adult books were all about sex, I hope this helped shed some light on the matter. Sex doesn’t make a book New Adult—the age of the characters and the issues they’re dealing with decides that. The confusion comes in when people feel that it’s a genre all on its own, when it’s really just a set of books that cover a certain demographic.
More NA books that have no sex or fade to black:
My Heart for Yours by Jolene Perry and Steph Campbell
Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park
Miss Me Not by Tiffany King
Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan
Easy by Tammara Webber
Chance Encounters by Jenn Sterling
Love and Skate by Lila Felix
Snowed Over by Angie Stanton
Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.
Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women—especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news.
While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.
Nichole Chase is a daydreamer. No, really, just ask any of the math teachers that had the misfortune of seeing her name appear on their class schedule.
For years she has had story lines and characters begging for attention, but she resolutely pushed them aside to focus on more normal (read, boring) jobs.
Well, no longer! She is currently heeding the voices in her head and frantically writing their stories. Ms. Chase is the author of the Dark Betrayal Trilogy, Flukes, and Suddenly Royal (including several short stories).
Nichole resides in South Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, dog, tortoise, and two cats. When not devouring novels by the dozens, you may find her writing, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.
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