Mage? Rogue? I just don’t know.
you never realize how boring your life is until someone asks what you like to do for fun.
I think the fact that the publishing community wants to deny the existence of this target market is the first in a long list of reasons we need it. We aren’t children anymore, and even though we may still be teenagers by age, we don’t feel like teens anymore. The issues facing teens might still resonate with us, but we have new ones to tackle, and our world view is instantly widened as we’re thrust into the big wide world, a world that years of schooling and countless YA books haven’t prepared us for.
Brave New World
As newly fledged ‘adults’, people in the 18-25 bracket make up the strange missing link between teens and what could be classed as adult fiction. The experiences, concerns and issues facing New Adults are far different from those they encountered as teens, or more established adults who have had more time to adapt to the adult world. This is of course not mutually exclusive, as many adults will still be going through the same issues as New Adults, but generally New Adults will not be high up in their career hierarchy, they might not even have a clear career or life goal yet, and most aren’t really thinking about husbands, wives or mortgages. They are only beginning to establish themselves in this strange new world, which can be scary and exciting and confusing. This experience is not something often shared in typical adult writing.
"No one in that age bracket reads books anyway."
Because there aren’t (m)any books that we can relate to? It’s very hard to read books that don’t exist, and there is certainly not the same variety of genres and sub-genres we see in teen or adult bookshelves.
We aren’t teens anymore.
Sure, we still love YA fiction, but half the time we find ourselves pitying their dogged sense of optimism and wonder about life after school, or shaking our heads at how trivial some of their issues seem now, poor bastards. They don’t know what’s coming to them. Hell, their parents still pay for everything.
We aren’t adults either.
The average New Adult isn’t ready to settle down and have 2.5 kids and a dog. Most of us struggle to pay our rent and student fees, don’t even talk to us about housing deposits or mortgages. A decent salary providing cushy living? Forget about it, the designer apartment that your adult character has seems like witchcraft and sorcery. Most of us still feel like teens, leaving school hasn’t magically changed us into Adults, but we’re lumped with sudden adult responsibility and expectation.
We have childrens books, middle grade, young adult, and adult books. They all come in a wide variety of flavours, colours and tastes. So why can’t we have our voices represented within literature? Telling us to just read YA or Adult books is erasing our experiences, and turning many people away from reading. Is it so bad to want to read about someone who is your own age? Seems simple, right?
you can actually see anna’s eyes screaming for help
what am i doing in this movie
the paycheck wasnt worth it
i regret this decision greatly
THATS SO FUNNY
PLAY VIDEOGAMES OR WRITE/DRAW?
but have you considered:
- strong females who don’t denounce femininity or being girly
- strong females who are “like every other girl” bc why the hell not girls are rad
- strong females who tear down the culture of girls hating on other girls
- strong females who are proud to be feminists
- strong females who support and acknowledge trans women
- strong females who understand that being strong isn’t synonymous with manly or with “acting like a man”
I like selfies because I am in complete control of how I am being presented that is powerful like boys on facebook laugh at the “stupid girls taking mirror selfies” and media mocks “generation selfie” but maybe that is because girls are controlling how they are presenting images of themselves to the world and that is scary to them
This is a really good point, damn.
My DA:O playthrough: a summary
I blinked at my phone, fighting simultaneous urges to hurl my phone across the room in anger and cry. Later that day, someone texted me my address — telling me they’d “See me when I least expected it.”
I haven’t been out to my car at night by myself since January 2nd.
My name is Brianna Wu. I lead a development studio that makes games. Sometimes, I write about issues in the games industry that relate to the equality of women. My reward is that I regularly have men threatening to rape and commit acts of violence against me."
This breaks my heart