Ok so who besides me have trouble figuring out Genres. I mean I have written a few books and put them in the YA section since I think Teens and early 20’s and on would like to read them. I am writing a new book FANTASY and trying to figure out if this book should be YA or in my mind Middle Grade. Yea so now I just brought up another genre. So let’s look up definitions of these Genres.
Middle Grade: Ages of readers 8 – 12yrs. about 30,000 to 50,000 words but if fantasy can run longer, no profanity, graphic violence or sexuality, and if any romance it is limited to a first kiss. Age of protagonist usually about 10 yrs for a younger MG novel and up to 13 yrs for older.
Young Adult: Ages of readers 13 -18 about 50,000 to 75,000 words but if fantasy can run longer. Profanity, graphic violence, romance & sexuality content allowed. Age of protagonist usually 14 – 15 yrs for younger YA with cleaner content aimed at middle- school crowd. And for older & more edgy YA characters can be up to 18 yrs but not in college.
New Adult: Ages of readers 18 – 25 yrs. featuring mainly university or college- aged protagonists dealing with early twenties life, in particular romance and sexual relationships.
Now let’s look at Children Books: As I research this I find that many classic “Children’s” books were made from books that were created for adults which were adapted for the younger audience. Of course as time goes on there are books made just for children.
A child is a human between the stages of birth and puberty. The legal definition of child generally refers to a minor, otherwise known as a person younger than the age of majority.
Look at Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This book is about a lonely princess, living with her wicked step mother who is jealous of her as she grows up. When her magic mirror says that Snow White is the fairest of the land the wicked step mother sends her huntsman to kill her.
If you look at all the definitions of Middle School and YA I would think this should not be a child’s story, since it just went against all the rules. The protagonist is a young woman, not a child, and the wicked step mother creates a poison apple for a sleeping death for the young princess so that she can be the fairest in the land.
This alone defies what would make this a child’s story.
So in the end, what really is the difference between a Middle Age and Young Adult story. Do the characters have to be of the same age as the reader or can it be something that would just interest them even if the characters are older or younger than they are.
I guess the reader will decide.
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