If you’re like any other writer out there, you want to write something that is four things: original, stands out, well written and engrossing. Trying to do those things in certain genres can be challenging. For example, two big popular genres are Young Adult and Romance can be quite hard to be “original” in. Those two genres are so grossly over populated, and it is hard to break into the market quickly. (Trust me I know.) So, if focusing on one genre can be hard, then why try to walk the line and make it dual genres? Well, the answer to that is simple; it broadens your audience outside the normal Young Adult or the normal Romance.
I love writing Science Fiction and I love reading Fantasy; trying to write and market those two genres by themselves can prove challenging also for the simple fact that you have readers that have been reading that same genre for decades. They will have biases from previous books, they would have tried their own hand at writing and let’s face it, there are millions of them out there. But if you tackle genres like Young Adult and merge it with a little Science Fiction, you are not only attracting the newer, younger readers, you are also snagging those that may rather read the more adult-y version.
Most Young Adult now-a-days have specific tropes that go along with it. The idea that the young teenage boy has a crush on a girl or there will be a love interest at some point in the novel or series. (Pick one Young Adult book out that doesn’t. No, seriously do it, I’d like to know.) Science Fiction has similar tropes; for example, there will be technology that is unexplainable, at least for now. I’ve a few Science Fiction novels and one of my favorites is Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein. (The movie was nowhere near the complexity that his novel was.) It features a ton of technology that we would think impossible but it is explained so well within the book that it made sense. Flying Infantry Suits with nukes that are used to take over hostile planets are awesome, just saying
Now I bet what you’re saying now is “Well, that’s great but how do you do that?” My answer to you is “Write it.” It’s that simple, seriously. You take what you have read in other Young Adult (the angst-y teenager with love interests) and toss in that added mix of Science Fiction. The great thing about Science Fiction is that it doesn’t have to make a whole lot of sense science wise. Just as long as you can explain it well in your book and it makes sense. Now, I am not saying this is the only way to merge genres; there are several supernatural romance novels out there doing well. (My wife could attest to that.) What I am saying is; your imagination is your only limit. (That and your motivation to write.)
Speaking on motivation; I spent around two years writing my Young Adult/Science Fiction novel. (Zackery Henderson and Pandora’s Hope) It encompasses the best of both; the young teenager almost to adulthood, and the unexplainable technology of Science Fiction. I mix things up by adding Greek mythology into the story. It took me years to accumulate enough courage to take my writing into an attempt at publishing. I’ve written and rewritten several stories that were just for me. I am sure everyone who had an aspiration to write, did so for their own enjoyment. Since I took the leap, and written a book that was Young Adult and Science Fiction, I am published. I am no were near a popular author and my book sales are minuscule at best, but I wrote the darn thing. That’s the biggest, hardest most stressful part. It starts with you, and it starts when you began your story. Write.