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Mature books for teens increase in popularity

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One of the 'New Adult' books for sale at Fiction Addiction. (File/FOX Carolina) One of the 'New Adult' books for sale at Fiction Addiction. (File/FOX Carolina)

The controversial best seller Fifty Shades of Grey has sold more than 65 million copies and following its success, some publishers are jumping on the bandwagon pumping out more graphic and erotic books.

But publishers aren't only hoping to attract the same readers, but they are introducing a whole new genre geared towards teenage readers.

Called "New Adult" books, the titles are meant to entice readers with mature themes with more grown-up versions of the characters readers might find in an average young-adult section.

"They tend to be 18 to 25, they are a lot of times in college or starting their first job," said Jill Hendrix, owner of Fiction Addiction. "They're like young adult in they are coming of age stories, but like adult books in they're more graphic."

Hendrix's store is located next to the Haywood Mall and said this type of book has been around for about a year and comes from the success of E-book authors who have been picked up by publishers after Fifty Shades of Grey's success.

"Individual books are doing very well, I'm not yet sure about the genre as a whole, whether it's going to stay together or whether this is kind of a faddish thing, that will be gone in a few years," Hendrix said.

Most titles are recommended for readers ages 17 and older, with some books containing sexual content.

When one Upstate parent was asked about the books, he said that it's the way things are and they are different from what he read 25 to 30 years ago.

"I'm okay with it, as long as they know what they're reading," parent Jim Davis said. "I think if you don't talk to your kids you're in trouble no matter what they're reading."

Ronald Reames, a local family counselor agrees, saying it is all about how the parents deal with the new genre.

"We have to teach our kids about sex and interaction with other people, I think if they have a good foundation about what's right and what's moral in the eyes of a parent," Reames said. "You need to read the book if you have that many concerns."

At the end of the day, Davis said at least something good has come out of the new genre.

"At least the kids are reading," Davis said.

Once again, many of these books are recommended for readers ages 17 or older. Fiction Addiction in Greenville said they'll add more books to their collection if the demand calls for it.

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