On Twitter yesterday I went on about how New Adult is a bona fide category now — so much so that there’s a way to report them specifically at Publishers Marketplace — but that it won’t be “real” to me unless literary novels by men that qualify actually get classified that way. And since everyone…
I’m so excited that New Adult is actually a genre now; I’ve had it in my mind that it was New Adult more than YA, but I didn’t want to wreck my chances with a literary agent who might have liked it but scoffed at my categorization in New Adult.
This post, short and sweet, does bring up a lot of questions about gender bias in the literary community. While Chick Lit is, I would contend, a category for rompy feminine-focused fun books, the male equivalent has always fallen under the umbrella of fiction or literary fiction. It will be interesting to see if this prediction of the same Chick Lit-esque gender binary will come to true. Infuriating if it does, of course, but interesting from a social and publishing industry/marketing standpoint as well.