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Yes, I upped my total. :P

Don't worry, I'll bore of this sooner or later. ;)

Also, to all of you writers and lovers of literature alike:
What do you consider the main differences between 'adult' fiction and 'young adult' fiction? I'm not talking R-rated content alone, because sex and violence are pretty easy to spot, but other than that, what do you think are the main differences, in your opinion? I'd like to see examples of what you consider YA and Adult, and maybe an example or two of works which have been categorised as YA but you think really should be Adult in nature, or vice versa.


Just curious.

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chennpug
Apr. 5th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
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rosewildeirish
Apr. 5th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
If it's Madeleine L'Engle's YA vs. Adult stuff, that's easy. Her YA stuff is better than her adult stuff. ;)
buhfly
Apr. 5th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
Besides the level of violence and sex, I'd say it has to do with certain "adult themes" and the level of complexity in a book. I find most YA fiction shies away from some things or glosses over them (types of abuse, incest, stuff like that) and the plots tend to be more shallow and have less branching veins, as it were.

That's not to say there SHOULDN'T be YA fiction out there with deeply intricate plots, just that I haven't seen any.
elven_wolf
Apr. 6th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
However, couldn't a novel not aimed at the youngins still shy away from such plots and not be considered YA? I wondered if it had to do with the age of the protagonists, but I'm not so sure that's so simple either.
buhfly
Apr. 6th, 2007 04:00 am (UTC)
Yes, but then you hit the complexities again. Adult novels that don't contain a certain level of complex plot come off as amateurish. Usually.
elven_wolf
Apr. 6th, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)
Good point.

I'd have more to add but it's bedtime.
everlydawn
Apr. 16th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
Yes, I know I'm spamming you with comments today..but I haven't read your journal in so long...LOL

From a librarians point of view (aka - my two cents)...YA Literature is typically categorized as such because it:

1.) Includes main characters who are teens themselves.
2.) Deal with a "coming of age" topic
3.) Deal with a topic that is directly involving teens as a social group.

There is a fine line between YA and Adult. Especially when you get into what is too explicit for teens and what isn't. Not all teens are as mature, and there are also many high reading level teens that couldn't handle some of the topics contained in many YA novels.

The YA label is really rather arbitrary when it comes to content...though you'll find that most writers of YA will write pretty edgy stuff, including examining the perceptions of the world around us.
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