What’s the difference between YA and adult fiction?
I’ve been thinking of writing a young adult novel following one of the minor characters in my adult novels when she was younger. This article came up in my research and I think it’s a really well written post. Of course I had to share!
This is something I get asked a lot: what’s the difference between YA and adult fiction? So rather than continuing to reinvent this wheel, I’ll just write a blog and direct people to it from now on. Sneaky, eh?
To begin with it is important to have a protagonist firmly within the standard age–typically younger than 18, but simply making your protagonist 17 isn’t sufficient. Many adult books feature younger characters, but the way the story is told varies.
And, keep in mind, a story’s content will vary between YA and adult. Lots of graphic sex might fly in an adult book, but will usually be considered too much for YA. However, you can include a lot of mature situations in YA as long as you handle it well.
So that said, I think the biggest differences between YA and adult boil down to:
- the voice
- the length (though that…
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