I’ll make a confession here that you probably know anyway. I’m not a young adult. Not by any means.
Second confession. I love writing for you. I’ll tell you why. I’ve written plenty of adult scary fiction and will still write some on occasion. But you guys are more fun to write for.
Why is that?
Because what you want is a fun and entertaining book. It needs to make sense but so many older readers question everything and anything. That could never happen. Why would someone do that? There’s no such thing as a parallel universe.
The younger audience reads to escape from reality. I loved reading Harry Potter and as I said, I’m not young. But the story was interesting. The characters were interesting. The world was interesting.
I also have always felt the horror stories that scared you using tense scenes was the true scary stories. I don’t care for lots og gore and slashing type stories. It seems to me to be a easy way to try to scare someone. Young adult horror stays away from that sort of thing.
Not to say serious issues or subjects should be taboo. Just write them in a way that’s entertaining and doesn’t make you want to run to the bathroom and puke.
I got off subject a little. Sorry. Back to why young adult books are fun to write.
Let me give you an example from my Henry Rubble series. This book introduces Henry and believe me when I say this kid has a lot thrown at him. The part where it gets into fantasy though, is where some adults might turn away.
Henry learns he has a special power and then finds out about an evil parallel world where fiction characters live. This world is merging into our world and Henry and other kids with special powers are being recruited to fight these characters and prevent them from entering our world.
Book 2, which is in the editing stage, is pretty much completely set in that parallel world. I loved writing it and I think you’ll love reading it. But I’m listing this series as recommended for kids and young adults for reasons I’ve discussed.
Having said that, I just read an article that says 55% of older adults are reading young adult fiction. That makes sense to me because those books are very entertaining for the most part. Hardly anything is off limits as far as fantasy goes.
Any thoughts on this?