Don't classify me, read me. I'm a writer, not a genre.
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During the A to Z Blogging Challenge, I made a survey for my Q post with questions about what you read and what you write. I think some people chose other for the question “What more specific genre do you write?” because middle grade and young adult were not listed. Ooops! I hadn’t thought of the potential confusion at the time because the question after that one, “What age and gender do you write for?” is where I included the selection for MG and YA ages.
I think of middle grade and young adult as audience, not genre. Though all audiences enjoy reading MG and YA, there is certainly a target audience the author is writing for. If you write middle grade I know your novels are intended for children between the ages of 8 and 12,* and if you write young adult I know your intended audience is teenagers.** Then I wonder what genre of MG or YA you write: contemporary, fantasy, mystery, science fiction, supernatural, thriller, etc. And if you've written something exceptional, and perhaps have a bit of good luck, your novels will transcend your intended audience and appeal to everyone!
So what about you? Do you think MG and YA is audience or genre?
I hope you have a fabulous weekend, Zigzaggers!!!
*Give or take a year or two.
**Just to be clear, I think all ages and genders can–and should!–enjoy every kind of book, no matter the intended audience.