Young Adult fiction (and, more rarely, nonfiction) is a publishing term for books aimed at readers 14 to 21 years old. It uses a slightly simpler vocabulary and does not assume certain experiences on the part of the reader. It usually features a Coming of Age Story. Since all of this is also likely to appeal to adults, it is often separately marketed to both demographics. Young Adult fiction can feature content deemed unsuitable for children, but also will often contain didactic content.
Also see Children's Literature, for the next age category down.
While Light Novels are directed at young adult audiences too, they are on their own index for convenience.
For the 2011 movie, see Young Adult.
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