Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Where are All the Male, Young Adult Fantasy Writers?

It's obvious: JK Rowling started it with Harry Potter, and Stephenie Meyer and Suzanne Collins kept the tradition of female writers doing young adult fantasy blockbusters going with Twilight and Hunger Games.

And now there are a dozen or so young adult fantasy books lined up ready to carry on  the tradition . . . and most of the authors are women. Yes, I know, there's Garth Nix (Abhorsen trilogy), Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials series), Christopher Paolini (Eragon), Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game), John Marsden (Tomorrow, When the War Began) and quite a few more including Shusterman and Westerfeld. Several of these books are somewhat old of course.

But when you look at the really big contemporary sellers, and those proposed for release, women authors seem to be kicking arse, or even ass!

It used to be that the male protagonist was the big seller, and that girls would read books with a male lead but boys wouldn't read books with a female hero. At least that's what the publishers said. But that seems to have changed with Lyra and Katniss at least, and no doubt many more strong female leads. Or are teenage girls reading more than teenage boys? Is it a simple as that? Perhaps young women authors easier to promote for publishers?

I should rejoice in James Dashner's Maze Runner I guess.

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