Friday, May 13, 2011

Little of This, Little of That

It looks like I skipped my first day in regards to blog posts. Unfortunately, Blogger decided to go offline for half a day, so I couldn't blog last night.
Oh well.

The good news is that I finished Chapter 8 and Chapter 9 yesterday. Chapter 8 came in at 3.6k words, whereas Chapter 9 came in at just over 2k words.

Now, I'm going to go on to talk about one of the most important things about The Sword of Kirakath which has not yet come up.

To put it simply, I'm going to address the biggest aspect that generally comes to mind when I say that the hero and the heroine are sixteen years old at the start of the series.

You may ask, "Is The Sword of Kirakath a young adult (YA) series?"

To that, I say, "No, it is not."

This is the part that some people won't readily understand. Generally, a series that focuses on young characters is considered to be YA, but the ages of the characters has nothing to with the rating of the book.

I have nothing against YA books. I love the Ranger's Apprentice books, and my favorite indie book, The Door to Canellin, is YA. But, I want you think about something. Can I rightfully classify a book as YA when the character's home village is massacred, where the protagonist gleefully kills dozens of people
towards the end of the book, and where several characters cuss in varying amounts? I believe that ranks it as a bit higher than YA. As it is, the characters in the story won't stay that young throughout the rest of the story, anyways.

With that in mind, I'd like to say that the target audience for the books that make up The Sword of Kirakath is epic/high fantasy fans between the ages of seventeen and twenty-five. If you are familar with target audiences, you'll know that it's incredibly common for only half of the readers (at most) to fit in with the ages that I mentioned. I fully expect people younger and older to read it. After all, Twilight is considered to be YA, and it is read by mothers in their thirties and up.
Anyways, that's all I'm going to blog about this time around.

Thanks for reading.

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