Wednesday, January 30, 2013

DEFINITIONS: A helpful guide

DEFINITIONS

YA / YOUNG ADULT:  
(12- 18 year old readers) more high school based stories, adolescence. Protagonist is a teenager. Topics include: falling in love, being alone, death or divorce, deciding on the future.

Examples: Need, He's So Not Worth It, Illuminate, The Summer I Turned Pretty, Wings, Stork, 13 to Life, Harry Potter, 

NA / NEW ADULT:  
(18 - 25+/30+ year old readers) more coming-of-age stories, true adulthood. The romance is more graphic. A cross over from YA to adult. Protagonist's age range is 18 to 26. Also known as Mature YA, Crossover fiction. Topics include moving away from home, engagements/marriages, identity, starting college, sexuality, bullying, etc. 

Examples: Blood Debt, Last Breath, Clockwork Princess, Mephisto Kiss, Scarlet, The Iron Knight, Grave Mercy, Along for the Ride, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

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PARANORMAL:  
Novel based around elements beyond the range of scientific explanation.

Examples: Spark, Shine, Hereafter, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, Evermore, Before I Fall, Intertwined, Shiver, A Need So Beautiful, Waterfall 


FANTASY: 
A genre that commonly uses magic or other super national phenomena as primarily element in the book.

Examples: The Iron King, Firelight, Need, Switched, Sweet Evil, Unearthly, Die for Me


DYSTOPIAN:  
A theme about a society where something has gone really wrong. It's corrupted and evil. Whether out in the open or behind a groomed facade, the leaders are totalitarian 

Examples: Matched, The Hunger Games, The Selection, 1984, Across the Universe, 


APOCALYPTIC: 
A themed book around a cataclysmic, world-changing event like a super flu, solar flares, zombies, etc. It shows what the survivors are faced with and how they deal with this new world. The event could have already happened or in the process. If the event already happened then it is a post-apocalyptic novel.

Examples: Poison Princess, Struck, The Stand, Angelfall, Black City


BOTH DYSTOPIAN & APOCALPTIC: 

Examples: Eve, The Darkest Minds, Under the Never Sky, Wither,