Age . . . does it matter? + Giveaway
I was reviewing a submission from an agent & noticed that the author identified their work for a particular, ‘Target Age Group’ . . . does that matter to a reader?
As a romance reader – when you’re reading a book, do you think, is this for my age group? Or is this book targeted to my generation? I have to say, I’ve never even thought of this. I basically think, that when I’m shopping in a store, I’m in the Romance section, therefore, those books would be for readers who like romantic stories, no matter what age, right?
Taking this one step further, do you even notice the ages of your characters? When I’m reading, as a reader, I guess I’m figuring the H/H are in their 20′s or 30′s unless otherwise specified & that is fine with me. For the most part, unless the author tells me, I assume they are not older than 40 . . . many romance characters are getting settled in their careers, never been married, childless & so forth, which indicates a younger individual, for me anyway.
As a reader, romance reader, do you pay attention to your H/H ages? Does it matter? In historical romances probably yes . . . primarily because of the restrictions & tradition of those times; contemporary – not so much, unless, it is pertinent to the story.
Therefore, do we care who our target audience is? We’re all ages and the spectrum is so broad, does it need to be identified? If you were writing another genre, then, it may matter – Young Adult for example. But in Romance, do we need to know what age range a book is being written for? It should be for all of us who read Romance, right?
The other question for you, as a reader, do the ages of the H/H matter? Personally, I like a range, so I don’t need or care if the author tells me their age or not, you?
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