I am really excited to share this guest post with you! Let's welcome indie author Roselyn Jewell to the blog! She's here to discuss why YA is an ageless genre. A genre you can love to read (and relate to) whether you're 11, 17, 27, 37, or 80! :O
She's also about to release her upcoming novel. She’s looking for help with a title and wants YOU to give her some ideas for the title! Isn’t that awesome? Roselyn NEEDS reviewers for her book (which sounds really good, I might add). Look for contest details at the end of her guest post She’s also looking for reviewers and is ready to give review copies if you are interested in providing an honest review.
My name is Roselyn Jewell and I have recently made my first foray into the YA genre! In honor of this, I'd like to share a few things with you, starting with my thoughts on why YA is ageless. In my opinion, even though YA stands for young adult, YA is certainly ageless. I know a lot of adults of varying ages that enjoy YA books just as much as the kids and teens I know that read it. I'll never forget when I went to see the first Harry Potter movie in the theater and I was surprised to see that there were about 10x as many adults there as there were kids. In fact, still using HP as an example, the bulk of those books are 500+ pages, a length that is found far more in adult books than teen or children's books.
Another reason I think YA is ageless is that some of the themes or issues addressed in YA books are issues that anyone can relate to and find interesting to read about. In fact, some issues can be related to even more by adults. I'll use The Hunger Games as an example for this one. Hunger Games deals with a corrupt government, death, war, and all sorts of very adult type issues. Plus, I don't care how old you are, you cannot tell me that you did not cry your eyes out during at least one part of any of those books!
Lastly, YA is ageless because regardless of what age you are, I'm sure you've experienced some point in your life where you were sad, stressed out, angry, etc. and you simply wanted to escape reality for a while. Books do that for readers and I myself am in my 30's and I love getting caught up in a good YA book and immersing myself into that world vs. whatever is going on in my life at the time. I think Harry Potter is the best example of this as well, J.K. Rowling truly outdid herself creating not just an escape from reality, but truly an entrance to a whole new world that has enchanted many, from little kids to people in their 80’s!
Hilary lives in a world that is supposed to be "perfect." The government provides all of the basic necessities and if you want "luxury" items you can take on non-governmental work or odd jobs to earn luxury dollars to buy pretty much anything you could desire. The downside? She's assigned a career she hates, a place to live that she's never even been to before, and a guy she's supposed to marry that she's not even sure she likes. In fact, she's not sure she can ever feel that way about any guy, period. Oh yeah, and this all happens to everyone when they turn 17. Hilary tries to make the best of it but goes through a series of events that make her question who she is as a person and whether or not "perfect" can ever really exist, no matter what they want her to believe.
If this sounds good to you (or even if it doesn't) please feel free to send any submissions, suggestions, feedback, questions, etc. to me HERE. If you’d like to review the book, let me know if you’d like PDF or mobi format and I’ll send it right over.
Title Contest, Review Copies, and More
As mentioned, I'm releasing my first YA book in March! It'll be the first book in what I hope will be a long series. So I’m looking for YA fans who are willing to read the book in advance in exchange for posting an honest (yes I really do mean honest) review on at least one site that has it for sale (Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, etc.) and you can feel free to post it anywhere else you wish too!
From now till March 1 st, I’m running a contest where you get to submit suggestions for the title of the book!
- The book will have the title you selected + one of the character's names will be changed to your name AND
- You’ll win a free copy of either the final version of the YA book or a free copy of any other book that I have out.
- Your name will appear in the acknowledgements section of the YA book.
Thank you, Roselyn for being on the blog today! I hope you get help finding a wonderful title for your book. Doesn't her book sound amazing?
Why do you think YA is an ageless genre? Are there any other genres that you think are "ageless" for you?