New Adult fiction, often referred to as NA, is an emerging genre of fiction intended
for marketing to age 18 to 30 post-adolescents and YA young-adults.
This age group is considered a lucrative "cross-over" category of young-adult titles
that appeal to a broader young-adult market as well as an adult audience.
A primary feature distinguishing this NA fiction category from YA fiction is the
perception of the young protagonist and the scope of the protagonist's life experience.
Perspective is gained as childhood innocence fades and life experience is added,
which brings new insight. It is this special insight which is found lacking in traditional
Another difference is the settings and characters ages. YA rarely includes characters
over age 18 or in college. These characters are however, often featured in NA books.
Lot’s Cave can best describe New Adult as the age category immediately following
New Adult fiction tends to focus on issues such as leaving home, negotiating education,
career choices, developing sexuality, and other issues dealing with life after a
person becomes of legal age and enters new adulthood.
Commonly, these themes and issues have been seen taking place post-high school in
popular new adult fiction titles.
Like YA, NA fiction tends to focus on issues such as leaving home, developing sexuality,
and negotiating education and career choices.
Many other themes covered in YA fiction, such as identity, bullying, familial struggles,
alcohol abuse, drug abuse, depression, and even suicide are covered in NA fiction
But various issues hold the NA category separate.
Common examples of these issues include starting college, financial independence,
moving away from home, friendships post-high school, first jobs, military enlistment,
wedding engagements, marriage, starting new families, and fear of failure.