Writerly Things…6/3/19 The YA Genre Traci Kenworth


Writerly Things…6/3/19 The YA Genre

Traci Kenworth

How does the YA genre compare to the best-selling genres?

Around the world, Children’s and YA books far outsell adult books. According to BookScan, 233 million books were sold in 2017. In 2012 that number was 181 million. Graphic, sci-fi, fantasy, and activity books are the most popular choices today. It seems even the Kindle or e-readers have caught on with the young.

This is encouraging news for us all. Readers start young and grow into more advanced books. And let’s not forget, parents read books as well. The YA market, in particular, has it’s secret and some-not-so-secret adult readers. I find that I’m drawn more to the YA novel when writing as I love the sense of adventure, falling in love, and the fight to survive. A lot of emotions are going through that time of life and it’s exciting to capture that and follow the character as he/she grows up.

What is your favorite sub-genre?

I love all the different YA genres, but my favorite is a toss-up between fantasy and horror. Which is probably, why I often combine the two in a story. I get to keep the best of both worlds. The first fantasies I read were by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Mercedes Lackey followed. Then Tolkien. Robert Jordan. Piers Anthony. Andre Norton. In YA, I can heartily recommend the Caravel series as fantasy mystery, The Devouring Gray, Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone series, Laini Taylor’s Children of Smoke and Bone, and Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch series just to start.

Why do you read/not read Children’s Books/YA? Is there one that you prefer over the other?

I’ve read both genres. For Children’s, I prefer the scary MG series like Holly Black or Mary Downing Hahn write. I am absolutely more enthused with YA than MG though as I think the possibilities of what you can or endless. I enjoy writing about young protagonists. I hope my stories inspire them as so many others have in my past. (Not that I don’t like writing for adults as well, see my site https://www.loletaabi.wordpress.com where I write historicals. I enjoy writing romance as well. And that’s not to say I won’t branch out into other genres in the future.)

Have a great week, take care, and God bless!

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