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#1 Erevos

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 09:00 AM

Hello everyone!

 

My novel has mainly two POV. One is a 15 y.o. boy and the other is a 65 y.o. man. The query is only about the boy, however, since he is in a way the MC.

I was thinking of going for Adult. To bring up an example, imagine if Game of Thrones was written from the perspective of John, Arya, Bran, and Eddard. Sure most of the cast is between 12-16, but (poor) Eddard is in his 40s.

 

Any help is appreciated!

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 11:23 AM

Who does your main plot revolve around?

If I were in this position, I would write up a quick list, noting who the main focus is on the major plot points and whose story you are telling. Does the conflict revolve around the 65 year old and the 15 year old is along for this adventure? or is it vice versa? 

 

For me, I have 2 main characters as well. I had to decide who's story made for the most appealing query, since there isn't much crossover in the actual plot. I eventually decided on Ember because she was the focus in this book more than the other character. To figure this out, I crafted 2 queries - one for each. And while they were by no means close to what I finished with, it did help me see the differences and where the stronger story was. 

 

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 08:25 AM

I would like to say that the story is about both (though I can't). The boy is trying to mature and overcome the obstacles before him, the man is trying to mend his old wounds etc...

However, the conflict comes from the boy and his past, and as you said, he is definitely the main focus of the novel.

 

This would put my novel into the YA genre, right? My only doubt is if the old man's POV has any impact on the genre or not.

 

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 05:08 PM

someone else may have a different opinion, but I would say -- based on what you say about the plot -- yes, I would classify it as YA. 

 

I don't have enough experience to speak to the old man's POV having an impact on the genre. Sorry.  



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Posted 31 March 2017 - 11:39 AM

If the 15 y/o is the main focus I would say yes, it's YA. If the 65 y/o comes into play as a major character, that's fine, as long as the focus is on the teen.


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Posted 02 April 2017 - 11:17 AM

Thank you both for the answers! Yes, the old man is a major character and that's why I'm having second thoughts about the genre part.

I guess I'll go for YA. If I had more adults characters as key players, then I could pick the A genre.

 

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 07:35 AM

If the 15 y/o is the main focus I would say yes, it's YA. If the 65 y/o comes into play as a major character, that's fine, as long as the focus is on the teen.

I agree. You've actually got a valid point right here!



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Posted 04 April 2017 - 08:30 AM

I've done some more digging these past few days, and I have to say that...I'm lost.  :wacko:

Most of the people out there claim that YA has to be written in a simple voice that a teen can connect, and usually (but not always ofc) its from first person perspective. - Mine is third person limited.

Meanwhile, a book that has both teen and adult protagonists, and the voice is definitely more...adult than in a YA book, falls instantly in the A category.

I guess I worry too much.

 

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 06:58 AM

There is so much scope with YA now, from what you've described though, I think your ok going for that. Remember that it can be content and language based too, not just the characters voice. So if your older character dealt with issues that would go above the head of a teen i.e relationships/sex etc, it would put it into the adult genre. But if your scenes and events are written specifically with YA genre in mind and don't stray outside of descriptions for this age group, I'd say your good. Its hard to know with these things when your over thinking and when there is an issue! Good luck:)



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Posted 07 April 2017 - 07:34 AM

Thank you!

As you said the more I ponder over this, the more lost I feel.

There is no sex in the novel and cursing is limited, though I plan to delve deeper into the minds of my older characters in the next novel. The voice of my characters and the writing sure feel like they are targeted for a more mature audience. - At least thats what I've been told. I admit I love the writing of Tolkien and R.R. Martin, so in a way my novel reflects that.

Decisions....decisions....  :happy:


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Posted 08 April 2017 - 01:49 AM

Does the book have adult language? Or bloody violence?

I refrain from gratuitous sex 'n such in my own writing, but for whatever reason I'm ok with an F-bomb and a hemorrhaging carotid every now and again.

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