Launch of XIII

If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you might remember me whining about something called XIII. Well, after much anxiety, deliberation, hemming, hawing, and whatnot, some of it is finally available for your reading pleasure (or displeasure) at xiiifiction.wordpress.com. More will be posted as time goes on, but because I’m a normal human being with other commitments, it’s not a priority. Hence, there is no set posting schedule, but I will update this blog on the 13th of every month with links to whatever I’ve posted on the XIII blog (and if I’ve posted nothing, I will say that, too).

XIII is an unnecessarily long mythic fantasy soap opera. The closest thing it can be compared to is Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, which should give you a clue about how awful it is. You’ve been warned. For background, if you’re crazy enough to take interest, at the bottom of this post is a list of previous posts on this blog in which I discuss (or rant about) XIII. Some may include spoilers. I honestly can’t remember which ones do or don’t.

I’m not posting XIII directly on this blog because it’s not entirely my creation (to make a very long story short), and I never intended to share a super-long piece of fiction here. (THE ARCHIVES is only about 36,000 words, so it doesn’t count as “long.”) I also want to keep this blog the way it’s always been, which is primarily a way for me to share my thoughts on whatever random topics happen to be in my head at the moment.

Anyway, if you are so inclined, feel free to follow XIII at xiiifiction.wordpress.com. Thank you always for liking, commenting, following, and reading.

Angst

I get daily emails from GalleyCat, which offer interesting tidbits about the publishing world and what’s popular/what’s not. So I found this little article about angst in New Adult fiction.

First of all, New Adult is a fairly new genre that’s geared toward 20-somethings who are “too old” to read YA, but who might not be able to relate to the adult protagonists in adult fiction.

“Angst” often has a negative connotation in literature. People often think that “angst” is typical of whiny teenagers who dress in all black and lament the fact that their significant other broke their heart and they’ll never find love again (chill out, you’re only 15) or that their parents won’t buy them the latest technological gadget.

The article I read says that angst isn’t always a bad thing in literature. Everyone goes through angsty periods, especially when they’re in their 20s and trying to figure out what they should do with their lives (anyone ever heard of the quarter-life crisis? It’s real).

I personally find both reading and writing about angst interesting. If done well, it can bring drama into the story and drive up the stakes.

What do you think about angst?

New Adult Fiction

From what I understand, New Adult fiction is a relatively new genre that St. Martin’s Press came out with in 2009. The genre is supposed to include books about 20-something youths who are coming of age, and is marketed toward the 14-35 age group. Without even having read a single novel in the NA category, I have to say that I’m a fan of this new genre.

“Post-adolescents” or “new adults” are still in the transition phase. I’d say that it’s just as hard to make the change from elementary to high school as it is to make the change from high school to college or college to adulthood. You don’t just wake up the day after you graduate college and know exactly what you’re going to do and how your life will play out. After all, there is a such thing as the quarter-life crisis and it’s very real, so it’s about time there is a genre of books with characters in that age-range.

I think the NA genre will be good for those who perhaps have stopped reading fiction after they’ve finished college, and it’ll be nice for those who feel like they’re a bit too old for YA, yet find characters in the “adult” genres difficult to relate to.

Have you read any NA fiction? What do you think of the genre?