Talk To Me
is a no-nonsense discussion feature on this blog. No-nonsense means I’m too lazy to make it look pretty. It’s exactly what the title suggests: I’m going to pose a question or tell you my own opinion about something, and I want to know what you think about it! Obviously feel free to write up your own post on the topic and link it in the comments.
We all know about the omnipresence of Young Adult books. Books about characters in their teens hold a certain appeal, perhaps because we learn a lot about who we are and who we want to be at that stage in life. But where are the books about twenty-somethings? I’m in my early twenties, and I’ve been desperately looking for good books featuring characters my age. Obviously they exist, but I feel like they are few and far between. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m finding it much more difficult to find books about people in their twenties than YA or adult books. I was shortly excited when New Adult emerged as a category, but then I realised New Adult mostly seems to be erotica (nothing wrong with that obviously, but not quite what I had in mind). So where are all the books about people my age? Some of the ‘older’ YA books, like Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, focus on people going off to university, but they are few and far between.
I love reading books with characters of all different ages. However, there’s something special about finding your own experiences reflected in a book. Where are all the books about navigating that awkward/awesome stage of life when you’re technically an adult, but haven’t really quite adapted yet? The books about going to university, starting your first ‘real’ job, making friends as an adult? Books delving into how it feels to have your first (and second and third) ‘adult’ relationship and what happens when it all falls apart? The books about figuring out how to survive when all your childhood friends move to different places and you’re left behind, or the books about moving to an entirely different place for your job where you know no one? The books focusing on how it feels to grow apart from old friends and make new ones? To fail at what you thought you would be doing for the rest of your life and instead figuring out what you actually want to do?
There are so many fascinating topics to write about for this stage in life, but I’ve barely seen any of this in books. I know there are probably plenty of books for all of these examples, but I don’t feel like they’re easy to find. Maybe it’s a marketing issue, or a question of demand, but I would love to read books about all the things I described above and more. Is it just harder to find them, because they’re not being advertised as much as YA? Are not that many authors interested in writing about these topics? I’ve heard some cries for NA books which don’t only focus on the sexy side of things on social media, so I can’t be the only one who feels this way.
What do you think? Would you like to see more books featuring people in their twenties? Or do you think there already are a lot, and I’m just not very skilled at finding them? Feel free to recommend books in the comments!