Juvenated — John Dyer Writes

My wife has for some time recommended that I classify my novels in a Young Adult category on Amazon. This morning, I read up on the topic and it’s starting to sound like a good idea.

I do not write with that audience in mind. However, the launch of my latest novel motivates me to examine who my readers might be.

In his essay ‘The 3 golden rules of writing a young adult novel’, author Robert Wood describes juvenile literature as ‘a gateway into sincere reflection on (adult-themed) topics’ and ‘a tool a YA reader can use for introspection and interrogation of the world around them.’

The Anye Universe books are literary science fiction — action, adventure and family drama against a sci-fi landscape. Content is generally wholesome in nature. I wouldn’t object if someone called them morality plays.

Even my novel Silken Thread, which contains a spicy passage or two, might pass muster for endorsing good character as a strategy for creating a successful life.

It’s a new train of thought for me. Feedback welcome. Find my catalog on my Amazon author page.

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    1. Luisa … in case you’re curious about how I might explain it …

      Silken Thread was not specifically written for a young audience, and so the decision to place the book in that category gives cause for explanation. It’s an adventure/love story. The young man is seventeen and the lady twenty-nine when their relationship becomes intimate. Without question, the concept is moderately controversial.

      There are three love scenes, as tastefully executed as possible without glossing over the significance of such moments, respectful of my actors and their humanity. Still, despite the care I took to tell this story in a sensitive, value-positive manner, I was uncertain if these qualities would bar its acceptance.

      On the other hand, those publishing in the segment often recommend that authors not shy away from mature content, in the interest of serving readers with honest depictions of life, and telling stories that explain how to cope with emotionally-charged experiences.

      The book is, at its core, about the importance of good character as a strategy for creating a successful life. Along the way, the reader meets people and situations rarely encountered in ordinary circumstances. It is a coming-of-age story, and absolutely a framework within which a young reader might discover and interrogate ideas about what it takes to become a whole person.

      If you’re unsure about whether to include this work in the family library, I encourage you to read it first. And, by all means, leave a review on Amazon to tell others about your conclusions.

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      1. Mine was not a criticism and I was not speaking for myself- My parents made me read the novels I found at home without any restrictions, and it did not mislead me. Even my children could read what they wanted: too bad they don’t like reading very much. I was just trying to imagine what could happen if some self-righteous parent wanted to raise objections. Hypocritical, I said, because young people can quickly find many dangerous or obscene things online, unbeknownst to their parents.

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  1. I am, at this very moment, writing an essay for the book’s ‘From the publisher’ section to see if I can come up with a satisfactory explanation for listing the novel in the ‘teen to young adult’ category. Yes, when the intimate relationship starts, the young man is seventeen and the lady is twenty-nine. There are three somewhat spicy passages. However, those publishing in the segment recommend that authors not shy away from such content, in recognition of serving the reader with honest depictions of life, and telling a story that explains how one might cope with emotionally-charged experiences.

    The book is, at its core, about the value of good character as a strategy for creating a successful life. Along the way, the reader gets to meet people and situations rarely encountered in ordinary circumstances. As a whole, the story lands right in the sweet spot for the category.

    The love scenes are far from prurient. When writing those passages, I made sure not to leer at my actors. I looked inside their lives in as tasteful a manner as possible, without sacrificing the intensity of those moments. Or at least, that’s what I was trying to do.

    I guess we’ll see.

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