Friday, May 04, 2012

The Fake Category

Intelligent writers should know better than to get hoodwinked into every fake category put forth by marketing professionals. Such is the “Young Adult” category in the book business. If the major buyers of Young Adult fiction (see The Hunger Games and Harry Potter) are older adults, the category has lost all meaning, if it ever had any.

After all, Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn could be considered a “Young Adult” novel. So could Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. Or Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, and other fine American novels. The truth is that a good novel will appeal to young and old adults alike.

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