The books we read and enjoy are presented to us in neat categories. Genres, topics, ages, places—they help us find the books we’re most likely to enjoy. The only downside to this feat of organization is the odd assumption that the stories we write need to have clear division from other categories, especially when it comes to the age of the reader.
Now, there are plenty of books that are clearly for Adults Only or designed to keep 7-year-olds giggling, but I’m of the opinion that really great writing strives to be ageless. Here are some of my thoughts on the subject.