I always thought I was in the minority of people over the age of 17 who still really liked Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction but apparently 71% of people who buy Young Adult fiction are age 18-24. 47% being women, 24% being male according to The New York Times. I thought most people wouldn’t like all the angst. Interesting stuff. Adult fiction rarely ever catches my eye. I guess for me, I don’t like how serious adult fiction is. I need an ESCAPE from reality, not to read about it as well as live it.
I noticed when Ricardo and I went to the movies to see The Fault in Our Stars the other day that the majority of the audience were adults. Probably between the ages of 30-55. I had recently heard John Green talk about how most of his audience was adults but it still seemed odd to me. Why do people over the age of 30 care about books with the main characters aged 15-18? I guess for John Green novel its because he focuses a lot on loss. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still suffer the loss of a loved one.
But is this the case for all other YA fiction novels? What about Twilight? and The Hunger Games? Do adults crave Dystopian novels too? And sparkly vampire romance? They don’t seem as relatable as John Green novels… I have some friends who make fun of me for still reading teen fiction because they say it’s too angsty or too much melodrama. I just like what I like. And fantasy and angst is what I like I suppose.