Is YA Fiction For Adults? by Author Jennifer Brody

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Film Courage: With YOUNG ADULT fiction, one of the tests should be, is it enjoyable to adults. And that if it’s not [enjoyable], maybe a Young Adult readership would be bored because it’s not sophisticated enough?

Jennifer Brody: That is a really great question. I would say that kids tend to read up which means that whatever the age range that we specify for these books, I find that they tend to read up. I was reading Stephen King and Anne Rice when I was in middle school and high school. But I probably started out reading things like Judy Blume and things that skewed a little bit younger. I think it does need to have a certain level of sophistication to hold a teen audience now. If it skews too old…I mean my books are considered more cross-over for some of the reasons I was talking about. I have some adult points-of-view. That it is a third-person, multiple points-of-view story. So when I was originally trying to sell it, we got a lot of feedback like this is cross-over, we don’t know how to market it. Isn’t that a good problem? Wouldn’t it be better if it appeals to both teens and adults?

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So the publishing industry has been a little slow to catch up this idea that a lot of adults are actually reading young adults and that teen readers do tend to read up. So I think they’re a little behind in understanding that. But I think it is to the benefit if the book is a little more sophisticated and a little more appealing to teens and adults. But yes, I think you need to keep their attention.

Another thing that I think is important in which we really tried to do with my series is to put the books out in a relatively quick timeframe. Because also readers will grow out of reading something. So if you have multiple years between books coming out, I think you’re doing yourself a disservice because by the time the second book comes out [your YA readership] they’re going to be in college and then the third book, who knows? So we’re trying to do six months apart on my trilogy because I think that makes a lot of sense.


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Film Courage: Is there a focus group that you’re running the semi-edited version through?

Jennifer Brody: I don’t really have a focus group. I think that when you first start writing, a lot of authors have critique partners which are really important to the process which would be trusted readers which you trust to give feedback on your manuscript. I have another author which I trade books with and he writes stuff totally different from me. Typically these days it’s non-fiction, WWII Nazi books, so they are totally different. But he’s really smart and we trade reads. Now that I have a publishing deal and that I have a big publishing team, I don’t do that as much and I don’t really have the time. So my team of people who are reading and giving feedback are my agent and my editors at my publishing house so and at this point I am really tailoring the books to them because that is who is going to be distributing my book. And at this point I am really trying to keep a consistency in the story and I kind of know where I am and how I am writing it, so I’m not at a place where I need feedback so much on how I am writing, if that makes sense? In the beginning a lot of it is trying to improve the craft. I’m at a point now where I am really trying to tell the best stories that I can because I already have a style that I’ve developed in how I write. So I am looking forward to writing something different and new and I’m sure I’ll be using critique partners on that once I start writing my next book.

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