Getting back to the topic of writing, we'd discussed earlier why "YA" continues to be such a driving force, despite "YA" novels not having any specific criteria other than the age of their characters.
I've found that each of my most successful stories feature teen or young characters fighting an establishment which doesn't understand them. Each of my stories featuring older, experienced and world weary characters, facing the same conflicts, don't do nearly as well. There's something about this particular premise that resounds with readers of all ages. Even old fogies don't want to read about old fogies!
The exceptions to the above rule, are stories with older (but not yet middle-aged) characters surrounded by younger kids, who convey their sense of innocent wide-eyed enthusiasm on the other characters. However, they all seem to rely on an older, authoritarian figure trying to personally punish them for trying to do what is right.
In my latest story, I featured an older plumber (of all things), and I can see the results immediately, as he's simply not seen as a sympathetic characters, not because of his personality or characterization, but simply because he's not a teen.
Part of my Zombie Leza issue may be due to the age of the participants, rather than the subject matter.
Any thoughts or other observations on the topic?