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  1. #1
    Matt Austin
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    Is Harry Potter considered YA?

    Is Harry Potter considered YA?

    Although my book is definitely not a Harry Potter knockoff, it would probably be read by the same kind of readers. Just curious...



  2. #2
    S Stull
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    Re: Is Harry Potter considered YA?

    It started off as YA, and is still marketed that way, although I know loads of adults read it too, because the themes are actually quite mature. There are possibly more adult fans than children, even.

  3. #3
    Dave O
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    Re: Is Harry Potter considered YA?

    I believe the first two books are actually considered MG, but this is debatable. The later ones are definitely YA, I think. Maybe mature YA, but I definitely would not characterize it as an adult fantasy.

  4. #4
    Keith .
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    Re: Is Harry Potter considered YA?

    What Dave said, but not mature YA.

  5. #5
    Matt Austin
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    Re: Is Harry Potter considered YA?

    thanks folks

  6. #6
    Alex DeRoest
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    Re: Is Harry Potter considered YA?

    That's what's interesting about Harry Potter, it grows with its readers from children's fiction to Young Adult. I don't think anyone could really call Harry Potter mature.

  7. #7
    A.L. Sirois
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    Re: Is Harry Potter considered YA?

    One could argue that HP sits in a category by itself. The books started off as YA, as Stull says, but talk about crossing boundaries! Still, I believe that at heart it remains YA. It isn't adult fantasy, as Dave rightly points out, but certainly many adults -- including yours truly -- read the books with great enjoyment.

  8. #8
    S Stull
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    Re: Is Harry Potter considered YA?

    The reason I called HP "mature" was purely subjective.... My reasoning was simply that it was so DARK, and so much was at stake, and that's really not a children's theme so much.

    Children don't really fear death--not without good reason. That's (mostly) an adult terror. I felt like there was a great deal of fear on Harry's part towards the finale. And rightly so!


    Just me, Lyra

  9. #9
    Keith .
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    Re: Is Harry Potter considered YA?

    Murder, suicide, drug abuse, rape, molestation, self mutilation--these and more appear in some YA. So does the F-Word. That's why I wouldn't classify HP as mature YA. What do I know? I couldn't get beyond page 40 of the 1st book. Movies were okay.
    km

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