NEW DELHI, Jan. 4 -- Traditionally, fantasy - the Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings series, and the science fantasy, A Wrinkle in Time - and romance (think Stephenie Meyer's books) have been the two central genres in the Young Adult fiction landscape.

With the market replete with novels of fantasy and dystopian settings, a shift in narrative, to more real-life settings and problems is being witnessed.

Social issues have come to the fore in YA, today. Protagonists are no longer just white American kids with first-world problems. The stories are no longer about first loves and high school settings.

Book blogger and reviewer Nikita Garg says, "It's a relief to see how the world of YA fiction has been revolutionised.

The paradigm shift...