Michael Cart on new (or maybe not so new) book genres

podcastIn his latest podcast, Infopeople’s bookmeister extraordinaire Michael Cart talks about a relatively new category of commercial fiction known as “new adult” fiction. But as he points out, this new genre has a lot of the same characteristics as another older genre: crossover books. Coincidence? Michael thinks not.

Some examples of “new adult” titles: Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series, Stephanie Meyers’ Twilight series and J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Other book titles discussed in this podcast: Francesca Lia Block’s Weetzie Bat, Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys and Scorpio Races, and Lois Lowry’s Son.