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Ari makes some great points here. I have definitely noticed lately that the YA genre seems to focus on women, despite the abundance of dystopian, fantasy and sci-fi genres that typically were(are?) often deemed “male genres”.
I hate to admit it, but I have never until now considered the race and profile of all these leading characters. And you know what? I’m pretty sure I shamefully whitewash often while reading. I think it’s easier for me to relate to the character if I picture a white girl, because I am, in fact, a white girl. Which really is no excuse at all, and something I clearly need to work on moving forward with my reading.
Sharyl Sandberg was right, y’all. In the future, we’re all gonna lean in, and when the world goes to shit, it’s the white ladies that come out on top. A study that shows boys’ numbers lagging behind girls’ in reading might explain the reason for women having to constantly take up the mantle around all these inept future-dudes. But it might better explain the new demographic for the YA (young adult) dystopian novel, which is popularly read by girls and young women. This is neat, considering the sci-fi canon is often thought to belong to male authors and narratives about men, but YA has cornered its niche market by creating tons of female characters for young readers to see themselves reflected in. And even though it’ll take a miracle to get YA to be taken seriously, it’s still a step in the right direction.
But not so fast, have you…
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