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Nikki ([personal profile] shanaqui) wrote in [personal profile] manifesta 2010-07-31 11:32 am (UTC)

What got me was this line: "But how many books about girls do we need before we can consider that a job well done?"

So... at some point, we have to stop writing about girls? And start writing about boys again because, what...? We can only have books that empower one gender at a time?

I reached for the four nearest books I class as YA:

1) Sarah Rees Brennan, The Demon's Lexicon. Male protagonists, as far as I can gather? Not a book about girls.
2) Naomi Novik, Victory of Eagles. Male protagonists. Some strong female characters, granted, but as background. Not a book about girls.
3) Megan Whalen Turner, The Thief. Largely male cast, with a few female characters in background roles. Definitely not a book about girls.
4) Joanne Harris, Runemarks. Female protagonist, with male characters in the mentor roles. A book about girls, to some extent.

Mmm. I'm sure getting sick of all those books with girls in the central role...

(Granted, this is anecdata, and a very limited selection. Still.)

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