Our Parents Get Their Own Genre


Baby Boomer-centric literature is the next big thing, declares The Telegraph. Just as YA literature deals with one of life’s major milestones, so does boomer literature as older adults come to terms with aging, retirement, and the final chapter of their lives. Nevertheless, like any good trend, not everyone agrees as to what Boomer Lit actually is:

…there is still some debate as to what can be classified as Boomer lit. Some say that anything featuring an older character can qualify, while others say that this alone does not necessarily qualify a piece of work. While Boomer lit has the potential to entice people from all generations, the same way YA literature does, those who write Boomer lit tend to be aware that many of those from the boomer generation are looking for something new to read.

Ian MacAllen's fiction has appeared in 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, and elsewhere and nonfiction has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, The Negatives, Electric Literature, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He is the Deputy Editor of The Rumpus, holds an MA in English from Rutgers University, tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →