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October 21, 2010



There's more crossover between YA and adults books than adult and children's. The Curious Incident of Dog in the Night-Time crossed over to YA. So did Lori Lansen's The Girls. And while he's generally not stocked in the YA section plenty of teens read Stephen King novels. It can be pretty fluid.

I haven't read The Enchanted Forest Chronicles yet. I'll have to add that to my list.

Karen T. Smith

Thanks for your comment, sassymonkey!

I generally consider YA as part of a category I call "children's fiction" mainly because that's how the NY publishing houses view it (the "children's editors" are in different divisions, often different buildings than the adult fiction editors.) But yes, totally agree that it's the YA books that crossover to adult more often than mid-grade and younger stuff (Harry Potter being the obvious exception.)

Something I read today mentioned that the emotional beats that young (the bit was referring to teen) readers look for are humor, mystery, horror, wonder, adventure, and romance. The horror bit makes Stephen King crossover make more sense. He's not in my worldview, I don't enjoy his stuff at all (and I avoid the entire horror genre.)

Thanks again for inspiring the post, sassy. I hope you enjoy Enchanted Forest Chrnoicles. The first book is called Dealing With Dragons. Very cute turn on standard fairy-tale tropes.

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