You know YA is about teenagers, right?

C.M. Spivey

As readers, we can be pretty hard on protagonists. Most of us have a type, and we can get annoyed when characters don’t do what we think they should, or when they don’t behave like we want them to. Especially girl protagonists.

I got to thinking about this when I read Kelly Jensen’s piece Why Talking About Girl Reading Matters. In it, she says:

I see reviews that call out likability as a factor for dinging a book. It’s always a girl who is unlikable, rarely if ever a boy — and if it is a boy, it’s generally qualified. He’s unlikable but he’s also mentally ill. He’s unlikable but he’s also got  a tough home life. He’s unlikable but he’s just a bad boy.

Girls, on the other hand, are unlikable. They have girl problems. They have girl drama (drama, always drama). They are girls in crisis, rather…

View original post 441 more words


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: