Although JK Rowling has been credited with making reading “cool” again, Harry Potter books also triggered a new phenomena: adults reading teen titles.
This up-aging has continued. “Crossover fiction,” or books read by both adults and teens, has raised a new question: does a voluntary system of “recommended ages” on the back cover really work? After all, a recent study by Brigham Young University noted that 88% of young adult books reviewed for the research contained at least one swear word.
How helpful is the “recommended reader ages” information printed on the back cover of books? Movies and other forms of entertainment are rated. Is it time to launch a similar rating system for “almost-adult” books?