The Horror of New Adult Fiction & the Over-Categorization of Writing

KC Redding-Gonzalez, writes another intriguing and fascinating post about the New Adult Fiction category in bookstores and other venues, as well as the over-categorizing of books. Personally, at my last visit a few weeks ago to Barnes & Nobles, left me dizzy with the feeling that I had just entered a maze of confusion trying to find a book I was looking for. Organizational techniques are a professional skill and Barnes & Nobles organizing skills have lost their way in a conundrum of confusion, in more ways than one. This also includes online bookstores as well.

Zombie Salmon (the Horror Continues)

Sometimes trying to figure out where to find a book you want is as hard as trying to figure out where you would market your own.

These are troubling times. Not only have we lost our Horror section in most bookstores, but now if marketing departments raised by the internet get their way, we will have to look in yet one more subsection: New Adult Fiction.

That’s right…New Adult… the new next stop after Young Adult Fiction.

And we may have the internet to blame… because it is demanding we change the way we think.


Chunk Change

I don’t know about you, but I am not liking this tendency toward condensing, homogenizing and labeling everything under the guise of search-ability without the consideration of individual characteristics that make both ourselves and what we do unique.

We are living in the age of generic categorization… an overarching, nonspecific set…

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11 thoughts on “The Horror of New Adult Fiction & the Over-Categorization of Writing

  1. Thank you, K.D., for further enabling my angst! I work in a B&N, and I can tell you they do as the publishers dictate, and balance that with what they believe will help customers on their path to “discovery”…. as booksellers we are there to help The Lost find their way. But as a book buyer I don’t always want to ask for help… And the redesigning of categories just makes things worse.

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    • Jennie, thank you! And, yes, there are too many labels these days and it is daunting to say the least. When I had to search for an hour to find a genre fiction novel and still didn’t find it, I just came back home and found it in less in 30 seconds on Amazon and purchased there. Karen 🙂

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      • Hi Jennie, yes and we have 10 inches! You must live in the south or near there somewhere. I live in north Georgia. It was beautiful, falling snow all day and the part of the next day too. I walked and walked in the falling snow. It was delightful. Hope you walked in the snow too. It was a fairyland. Karen 🙂

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      • I love fairyland snow. I live in Massachusetts. This was our first snowfall. 6 inches is not much here, but 10 inches in Georgia? Wow! I’ll bet that no hardware store carries a snow shovel.


      • You are right! No store in Georgia carries a snow shovel. Massachusetts, how wonderful. I grew up in Connecticut and once lived on Buzzards Bay with my military family. I loved it and we went to Borne High School. That was a long time ago! I too love fairyland snow. Karen 🙂

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      • I know all the places you’re talking about, Karen. I’m in Groton, close to the NH border. A very long way from Georgia, which is closer to my roots in Huntington, WV. You can’t take the south of the girl!


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