Love him or hate him, it is generally accepted that Harry Potter (or at least JKK Rowling) paved the way for those of us no longer in the first flush of youth to feel ok about being seen kids book in hand.
Alright, so some of us tried to hide the fact by reading the editions with 'adult' covers but others, myself included, were not at all embarrassed to be seen reading the editions with covers designed for the younger reader.
According to figures compiled by Neilsen BookScan the first five months of 2012 saw more than 2.4 million 'teen' books such as Stephanie Meyer's Twilight and, Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games being sold.
And its not just children - industry experts are (gu)estimating that more than a third of these books were actually bought by adults, stylish packaging and marketing and film rights helping to boost their popularity.
So, according to THIS ARTICLE in the Mail Online what are the top 4 teen to adult hits?
A coming of age love story about a girl who falls in love with a 104-year-old vampire. With 150 million copies of the book sold worldwide and the first four films (there is a fifth to be released this autumn) grossing in excess of £2 billion perhaps most popular is the Twilight franchise (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn) by Stephanie Meyer.
With books sales totally 35 million, Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games series (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay) is set in a futuristic America, the 'Games' organised by an authoritarian government and televised to the nation - the first (and so far only) film adaptation grossing £450 million at box offices worldwide.
Comprising Blood Red Road, Rebel Heart and a third unnamed book yet to be published, the 'Dustlands' series by Moira Young (no book sale figures available at present), set in a future in which very little is left of the planet's natural resources, has seen the film rights for all three books snapped up, the first film, as yet to be cast, scheduled for release in 2014.
Yet another trilogy, the Mariah Mundy books (Mariah Mundy and The Midas Box, Mariah Mundi and the Ghost Diamonds, Mariah Mundi and the Ship of Fools) by GP Taylor are set in Victorian London. Though no book sale figures are currently available, the first book has been adapted for the big screen and is out next year.
So, are you a fan of young adult fiction and if so which authors/books do you favour?