Ok....So I've read all of the posts on this forum concerning YA vs NA vs A. And I've read just about every article online concerning NA fiction. NA fiction is fiction that deals with themes of (big surprise) "emerging adults". Navigating college and life after. Tone is similar to YA with older female protagonists. All in all it's a cross over genre between YA and A for mostly college-aged females.
All that being said. Should writer's even use NA to describe their genre? It seems to generate a lot of disapproval from agents/ publishers. Is one shooting themselves in the foot by calling anything "New Adult"?
For example: Novel with a college aged protagonist navigating life but in a sci-fi environment.
Even though main themes are NA, should the author just go with Sci-fi vs NA Sci-fi (more accurate) to avoid rejections based on the genre class alone.
Additional example: College aged protagonist, hot steamy romances etc. Should author just categorize as Romance instead of New Adult Romance.
And last but not least, can writers who fall into the "New Adult" category just simply call their work adult (i.e., adult Sci-Fi, adult Mystery) even if themes of New Adult fiction are present? Prior to the phrase being coined in 2009 is this where that type of work fell?
As you can see New Adult gives me a lot of angst. I particularly think its a great way to identify the age of the audience but it seems to hold many negative connotations.