Elements… *cough, cough, ROMANCE*
Most YA novels contain some of the same sort of elements. A boy. A girl. Romance. Love triangles. An adventure. Self discovery. Life lessons. I could go on. The key element is romance. There are very few, like one or two, YA books that I’ve read can contain no romance what so ever. Now romance isn’t so bad, but if I went to my brother and asked him to read a contemporary romance novel like The Summer I Turned Pretty, he would probably just chuck the book at my face… and there’s a whole genre full of books like that. And all the guys would probably run 100 laps than be caught reading a book like that to protect their “manhood” or something. (The thing is I know a few that would probably read them while no one is watching).
In most of the books I read, the main message is usually something about independence or self empowerment. Most specifically, female empowerment. Take The Hunger Games and Divergent for examples. Both of them feature two strong ladies that took charge to make a change. Some also portray guys as pigs and lying, cheating, dirt bags that can’t be trusted. Who wants to read about their gender being portrayed in a negative light?
Point of View
Most of the YA books I’ve read are written from a female point of view. Occasionally there will be dual POVs with a female alternating with a male. Even more rare is just a male narrating. Okay, so I don’t really know whether this is just because I’m a girl and tend to read more “girly” books or if there really are just less books written in a male POV. But my point is I prefer reading from a female POV because it’s more relatable to me – there are struggles girls go through that boys couldn’t possibly understand and vice versa.
But this section is also very interesting because the only “popular” YA novels that I know feature a male POV and only a male POV are the Alex Rider series and The Maze Runner. Speaking of The Maze Runner, that book is especially cool because in that entire book there is only one girl and like 20 guys. Anyways, back the POV thing, it’s interesting because the two series I remember most from a few years ago when I still read Juvenile, are Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, which both feature male POV. Interesting.
Besides Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, The Lord of the Rings, and The Maze Runner (which is supposed to come out in September 2014), I can’t think of any other book to movie adaptions that focus primarily on guys. A lot of them are more focused on the female audience, going back to the message thing from above. Also, some “popular” book adaptions target the female audience as usually they are projected to bring in the most money for the movie makers. It is predicted that most of the people who expressed interest in seeing The Fault in Our Stars are female (The Hollywood Reporter).
With all the being said, I think it’s important to remember that I am a girl and therefore I don’t really know how boys think and / or feel. I must sadly admit, some of things I’ve written are sort of based off stereotypes because I really have no clue how guys think or what they like and I’m writing about the things I’ve noticed and those things are based of the books I read. So a lot of things I’ve talking about may not be completely true. This is kind of like a one sided conversation where I don’t know anyone else’s opinions or views on this topic. There could be plenty of books out there written for boys, but I wouldn’t know about them because they aren’t exactly my thing. I’m in no way an expert and this post is not really backed up by any factual support.