Writing young adult novels—the basics
While books for young adults often focus on sex and drugs, it’s not always about the obvious—it’s about discovering who you are and where you fit in. Almost every YA book, even young adult fantasy novels that might take place in an otherworldly, imaginary setting, will take you on an adventure where the protagonist shares their triumphs, obstacles and mistakes as they discover who they are and where they belong.
Adolescence is a time of fun, confusion, raging hormones and volatile emotions. It’s when you dream of falling in the kind of love you read about in paranormal romance books. We learn about humanity, suffering and the good in life during our teens. This may explain why the young adult audience is leaning towards dystopian novels right now—while on a larger, more global scope with darker and sometime horrifying plots and settings, they address those themes and we all can relate on some level.
Regardless of the genre, YA fiction continues to inspire the reader’s journey to find out who they are. Perhaps the reason that young adult novels appeal to all ages is because we are all still discovering ourselves.