I've noticed around that in the blogs I follow and in real life, there is a huge distinction made between adult and YA books. People have asked me why my blog is focused on paranormal books instead of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, or young adult. After thinking about this question for a while, I decided to write a post on it. Since I seem to be in a huge minority regarding the subject, this is obviously just my own personal opinion.
I've read a lot of adult books. I've read a lot of young adult books. Whenever my family asks me what I'm reading and I tell them that it's something like young adult urban fantasy, all they hear is young adult. Oh, she's still reading baby books. That's stupid. I hear that word a lot, and considering it's coming from people who are lucky to read a book a year, I don't take it all that seriously. But it still pisses me off.
I don't know about any of you, but when I compare, for example, a YA paranormal romance and a YA historical fiction they aren't all that similar. An adult PNR and a YA PNR would be much closer, as would an adult historical and a YA historical. Just IMO, of course.
So to answer the question: why do I write about adult and YA paranormal books? Because I like the paranormal aspect, not the age of the characters it follows. I like werewolves and vampires and faeries, not 16-year-olds or 35-year-olds. Age has nothing to do with what I read. I don't have a YA book blog or a romance book blog or a fantasy book blog. I have a paranormal book blog, just like my header says.
Is there anyone out there who agrees that you can like a particular genre without caring how old the protagonist is? If you disagree with my opinion, then why? I'd love to get a discussion started about this topic.