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What distinguishes "Young Adult Fiction" from Adult Fiction?
Cristina Hartman's posts about cross genre grouping and her answer to If I was a fan of Twilight, will I be a fan of THG? got me wondering about this issue. I have read adult fiction that contains children protagonists so clearly a child or teenage protag does not make a book YA. I am in the middle of reading Graceling which is categorized as YA despite the fact that it has a few somewhat adult scenes in it (which would not dissuade me from giving it to my kids, I do not believe in trying to limit their reading to strictly "age-appropriate" books). But it got me wondering if YA fiction is mostly about marketing. Do authors or agents decide this or that would make a big splash with kids even if a book was originally intended for an adult audience? Or vice versa? How are these books defined and categorized?