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Do MCs in YA novels have to be Young?

PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2015 10:03 pm
by DrG2
Other than in historical novels, where I assume it's OK to have adult historical figures, does the main character in a YA novel need to be in the YA age range (13-19 or so) throughout the whole novel, or can we follow the young character for awhile, then move to where the character is adult? In my case, I'm considering having the character be adult for _most_ of the novel.

any examples in recent novels will be greatly appreciated.

Re: Do MCs in YA novels have to be Young?

PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2015 11:31 am
by mammamaia
my best guess is that for some of the novel, it could probably work okay, but not 'most'...

Re: Do MCs in YA novels have to be Young?

PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2015 12:51 pm
by updog
I think your MC needs to be a teenager to make it a YA book. I've read some second or third books in a series where the protagonist ages into the college years, but I'm struggling to think of any where the MC is any older than that, and again, that's for later books in a series. Basically, YA is written about and for teenagers. That doesn't mean adults don't still read it, but the story is about and from a teenager's perspective. If you're not writing a book from a teenagers perspective, it's probably not YA.

Re: Do MCs in YA novels have to be Young?

PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2015 1:43 pm
by James A. Ritchie
The short answer is "yes." The entire point of such a category is giving readers a protagonist who is like the reader in age, dreams, goals, etc. This doesn't stop other readers from reading the book, but it gives the main demographic what it wants.

Re: Do MCs in YA novels have to be Young?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:21 pm
by Crono91
Well, the point of a YA is the fact that the main characters are facing YA problems; those problems typically change with age, which would make it hard for an adult to showcase typical YA issues. It'd probably come off weird.

Re: Do MCs in YA novels have to be Young?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:23 pm
by Jowen
Yes, as Crono91 says. Books for young readers are typically written with the age and interests of the reader in mind. YA readers identify with the MC because the character is typically facing the same or similar challenges. For example, college education, employment issues, marriage, having children etc. are not likely to interest a 13-19 year-old. They're not there yet. They have enough problems sorting the difficulties of the teen years. I'm wondering why, if the protagonist in your novel is adult for most of the book, you want to place it in the YA category? Couldn't it be New Adult, as discussed on another thread?

Re: Do MCs in YA novels have to be Young?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:11 pm
by DrG2
to give a simplistic idea of what would be happening:

1) we meet a character at an important point in his life (age 16).
2) he gets to see what would happen if he makes a certain decision - - long term, a matter of years.
3) he gets to see what would happen if he makes a different decision.
4) eventually he learns and is ready to make a "right" decision, but we only see him make that decision, we don't follow him beyond that point.

So, he's 16 at the beginning and end of the book.

Re: Do MCs in YA novels have to be Young?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 11:31 pm
by Jowen
An interesting concept. A fast-forward time-machine maybe? It might work, especially if the YA adult learns through the experience and, in the end, makes good choices, not destructive ones.

Re: Do MCs in YA novels have to be Young?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 12:24 am
by DrG2

Re: Do MCs in YA novels have to be Young?

PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2015 9:48 pm
by guydevalmont