Before I start, I have exciting news! I passed my driving test today – which means I can now drive a manual car 😀 I’ll be making my first journey by myself tomorrow morning and I bet it’s going to feel so weird!
So onto the book talk, and I saw a blog post last week about what actually makes a YA book defined as YA? The post argued that just because a book has a teenage protagonist, that doesn’t make it YA.
Doesn’t it? Honestly, I disagree.
So let’s start with who has control over what makes YA YA?
You might argue that this is the author has control over this. Some people might even argue that the reader can decide.
But like many other things in our world, it’s actually all about the money. I believe (and forgive me if I’m not correct) that it’s actually up to the publishing company if the book is YA or not.
I was at a Rachel Caine talk last year, and I remember her talking about whether she was considering writing more of the Morganville series. She told us that she couldn’t really continue because the characters would become over 18 and then she would have to re-brand and re-market them as adult books. To me, this indicated it really is that simple.
A YA book is YA when the protagonist is aged 11-18.
Why? Because it’s easy to define and follow. Because it’s objective. Other ways, like judging by the kind of ‘voice’ a protagonist are very subjective, and it’s just safer to have a way everyone understands. Yes, some protagonists could seem more mature or some more childish, but that’s the same as real life!
What do you think on this subject?
May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽