That’s what I kept on thinking as I read this article about James Patterson’s YA books in the New York Times.
There are a lot of choice quotes, like:
According to market research conducted by Codex Group on behalf of Little, Brown, more than 60 percent of the readers of the “Maximum Ride” series are older than 35.
Little, Brown has also asked booksellers to shelve hardcover editions of the new “Maximum Ride” title and “Daniel X” in the adult section. Six months after hardcover publication, it will release a paperback version for the young-adult sections of the bookstores, and six months after that a mass-market paperback edition for the adult shelves.
And one more link to the Times. According to a new study, teenage boys’ motivation in relationships is not primarily about sex or physical attractiveness. Which, I must say, is really making me think about how guys and romantic relationships are depicted in YA books.