Discussion: Young adult genres I'm pretty sure I made up (okay, really sure)


subgenres that i'm pretty sure i made up

There's fantasy, romance, contemporary. The typical genres. Then there are sub-genres: paranormal romance, high fantasy, sword & sorcery. There are even some more really specific genres, like superhero books, sports books, steampunk, cyberpunk, growing up books.  Then there are the genres that sort of swim around in your head, and you know they're not real but they still sort of seem to fit. 

pastel books 

You know the ones. They have soft pastel covers with hazy images and blurred shapes and bokeh and half-turned girls' faces. They're usually about some kind of life-changing summer romance experience and described as "heartwarming" and crap. There's usually some kind of "message" and an ending meant to inspire tears or...feelings of inspiration. Or whatever. 

broody bad boy books 

Not just ones that feature broody bad boys (hey, I like them as much as the next guy-liking person; oh hello, Killian Jones) but ones that are basically centered around broody bad boys. A lot of times they're NA, or they have shirtless guys on the cover, or they're paranormal romance. It's not an exhaustive list. But it's the kind of book where basically nothing happens except for making out and/or sex and will-they-won't-they-but-obviously-they-will and possessive mind games and hot guys being angsty af. 

90s high school movie books 

So named because they'd make awesome high school movies. They're a little over the type and like NO ONE acts like that in real life, but they have the same over-the-top charm as favorites like She's All That, Bring It On, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist (and yes I know it's a book okay?!).  

Your turn!  Do you have head canon genres? 


  1. "Broody bad boy books" LOLOL. But this is basically a genre on its own, especially if it's in the paranormal or romance genres. I feel like they were more popular a few years ago, but I still see a BBB book every so often. (I mean, I can't blame authors. I love those bad boys too. :p)

    I don't think I've ever really thought of this. But I remember all those love triangle books centered around the brooding bad boy versus the good best friend. Haha.

    1. Haha, isn't it though? I mean I do like a good bad boy, but I prefer them to be in a book with a broader plot, unless I'm in the mood for something uber romancey. But that's just me.

      And the bad boy always wins, because obviously.

  2. I am a romance reader *sorry, not sorry*, and I love books from the "bad boys with a heart of gold" subgenera. Honestly, I have read most of the books you pictured.
    Sam @ WLABB

    1. I'm not knocking them, they just don't always work for me. I wish they did cause it seems like everyone else loves them!