Is it just me, or are the stakes going up in YA literature?
I have a fun new WIP. It’s a YA urban fantasy. It’s also the first thing I’ve ever written chronologically. But, here’s the thing…
I don’t write with an outline, so I generally don’t know where my novels are going until they get there. With this one, I’m 45k words into what will probably be a 75-80k word novel, and I can start to see where it’s headed. I love it. But I can’t help wondering if the stakes are high enough, because they're not the fate of the world.
Think of Twilight. The only true stakes in that series were whether Edward would turn Bella. Bella was the stakes.
So, my question to you: How big do the stakes need to be in YA books to keep teens interested? Is it a different standard for adult books?