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Young Adult – fiction or literature?

Monday, September 27th, 2010

I’ve had some great conversations about what makes a book YA versus adult fiction, and whether YA titles can be considered “literature” or if only books geared toward adults can achieve that level of writing. So, two questions –

What makes a book “Young Adult” to you? Is it the age of the protagonist? The writing style? The reading level? The cover art? (okay, that may be silly, but still – we’ve had misleading CD covers come into AudioFile and they’d be miscategorized one way or another if we didn’t check out the product details!)

Do you think books aimed at a young adult audience can qualify as “literature?” What about books that aren’t intended for YA consumption, but become “YA” because they find an audience there? Examples to go with your answers?