Editorial: What is NA?

***This is my own personal opinion and may not necessarily reflect the opinions of my co-bloggers.***

I've begun to wonder if NA hasn't taken off in an entirely different direction than it was in the beginning. Not necessarily in a good way, either. Some of the very first NA books I read were Slammed, Beautiful Disaster, Easy, etc. They were beautifully written books, and yes, there was some sex, but the books weren't just written with sex scenes for the sake of writing about sex.

I think initially that NA was like YA, only grown up a little bit and there was more freedom to write about sex. Somewhere along the line, this got confused to mean that NA HAD TO HAVE sex in order to be labeled as NA. Like YA -- NA books are books written about age specific heroes and heroines. NA including ages 18-26 (? not entirely sure on the exact age bracket.)

I've started to get a little uncomfortable with some of the cover reveals lately. I also don't like to post some of the excerpts that contain graphic and/or explicit language. And by graphic/explicit, I'm referring to dropping the "F Bomb" repeatedly, or speaking in slang terms about various parts of the anatomy and the colorful things they want to do, or doing with said parts.

We do a lot of cover reveals, book blitzes, and blog tours here at She Reads New Adult, and if, in the future, I deem the material more explicit than I care to post on the blog, I won't post it. I don't have the "warning" disclaimer on this blog, nor do I want to start. 

I'm certainly no prude...but I think NA needs to be clearly defined as a genre (like YA) that is written with age specific characters and not about how many times and ways within 300+ pages the hero and heroine can do the nasty.

What do you think?

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  1. I absolutely agree!

    I think, unfortunately, its taking a turn for SEX=NA. And as far as I remember from the beginning, it isn't about that. It used to be more age specific than anything else, and the new experiences & growth the characters went through.

    Heck, Warm Bodies was considered NA and we don't even know R's age. It probably wouldn't qualify anymore because it seems to be changing. I'm confused if my Urban Fantasy series will fall in the NA category anymore, since it isn't plastered with sexual scenes every chapter and a half. Ah well, we can only wait and see what happens...

  2. I think that NA should refer to the age of the main characters and then the sub-genre would be something else. Like your book would be a NA Urban Fantasy.

    But like you said, if it doesn't have a tattoo'd bad boy on the verge of being a sociopathic maniac with anger issues then I don't know. :(

  3. This is a great post! I've been writing new adult novels lately and they're pretty clean, with probably only shit or crap. It's hard promoting in this genre because I don't have bad boys in my novels and I don't have a lot of sex scenes or vulgar conversations. I just have sweet romances and nice guys without tats. So i guess to some, my book is probably boring lol but I love writing clean books because I don't want to limit the readership.

  4. I'm in complete agreement. There is NO reason NA should be expected to include sex. Not every young person is obsessed with it, or even having it on a regular basis. Not every reader wants it.

    There is erotica, there is "contemporary romance," and there is a lot out there with plenty of sex. NA should not be expected to have it "or else."