Towards a definition of "YA"

mks at mks at
Tue Feb 24 10:16:25 EST 2004

On Tue, 24 Feb 2004 15:54:37 +0000, Minnow wrote:

>How about "Growth Fiction"?

It sounds uncomfortably like a morally improving strand of fiction, or
something with a dreadfully didactic purpose, like reassuring
sixteen-year-olds that they will grow out of spots, or encouraging
fiction for young people who can't find a romantic relationship, or so
on ... Or Mind, Body, Spirit books for the younger reader, maybe. 

'Youth fiction' has more appeal, perhaps, not least because the term
is so elastic. I gather at least one tv company defines anyone under
35 as part of the youth market now, which seems to cover everything
from genuine adolescence to arrested adolescence to reclaimed
adolescence. Goodness, what a capacious term.


Maureen Kincaid Speller
Folkestone, Kent, UK

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