Young Adult Genres 101

I've started my first blog series! Over the next few weeks, I'll be talking about genres in YA! Today's question: What is YA? Although I’ve been a pretty decent reader all my life, my love for books didn’t start until about 1.5 years ago. Since I’ve started writing on Books & Babbles, my interest in anything book related has only grown. But I’ve never understood genres. Not in music, or movies, and especially not in books. What makes a book Fantasy? Or Science Fiction? I did some research, and over the next four weeks, I’ll be taking you through the different genres of YA in my first blog series: YA Genres 101!

Before we dive into the genres of YA, I think it’s smart to start off at the very beginning; What is YA? What makes a book YA? I’m not a pro, and I’m not an expert, either. I’m just a “newbie” book blogger who decided I wanted to know all about it, hehe!

What is YA?

 YA obviously stands for Young Adult. It’s literature for readers between 12 and 18 years old, but lots of (young) adults read it as well! The protagonists are usually teenagers, and the story is told from a teenager’s perspective. It’s not an adult looking in, but a young adult telling his or her story. It’s written in first or third person point of view.

YA isn’t really a genre. It’s more like an age category, like Children’s Books or Adult Fiction. It’s also used for marketing purposes. Although it’s usually called a genre, I don’t always agree. It’s more like the “difficulty” of a book. Adult fiction is definitely more difficult than YA. (At least it is for me!) And of course Children’s books and Middle Grade are a bit easier than YA.

Plot & Characters

The plot and characters of YA books really depend on the genre, but something all the books have in common is that young adult characters usually “battle/fight with” an antagonist. Which can either be a villain or a thing. For example, Katniss Everdeen goes up against President Snow in The Hunger Games, and Hazel and Gus deal with cancer in The Fault in Our Stars. Each book usually has a problem that the teenage character(s) need to deal with. Lots of YA books are coming-of-age stories, the characters have developed and learned throughout the story and are usually different at the end of the book.

Genres

YA has lots of different genres, just like Adult Fiction has! The main (or most important/most known) genres are Fantasy, Science Fiction and Contemporary. I’ll be talking about those in the next few weeks. I’m also writing a post on the less popular/known genres in YA, so stick around for that!

Did I forget anything of importance in this post? Let me know in the comments, so we can all learn from each other! Are you excited for this little blog series? What genre are you most excited about?

PS. Next week I’ll be talking about YA Fantasy!

  • I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

    • Yay! I’m so glad to hear that! 🙂