Monday, July 9, 2012
The Gender Games
In the past few years, (roughly since the release of The Hunger Games books) young adult novels have become a hot item in bookstores. The thing I find most interesting about this is that there seems to be a rather female slant to this trend. I'm no expert by any means, but I'm not sure I could even name more than a couple of male YA authours. Not only that, but it appears that these novels often focus on female main characters, or at the very least, these characters gain a large fanbase. This makes me curious as to why there appears to be this gender division in the genre. Is it that girls start reading at a younger age, or are they just more interested in the subject matter offered? Or perhaps the media has confused me entirely on the subject, and I'm all wrong. What do you think, readers?