"Why do so many writers right in a girls perspective? Is it easier than writing in a boys perspective? Or is it because girls mostly buy books and read?
People don’t mostly write in girls’ perspectives. People mostly write from male perspective. It’s late, so Wikipedia:
For instance, in 2010 only 37% of the books published by Random House were written by women, and only 17% of the books reviewed by The New York Review of Books were written by women. Research conducted by VIDA in 2010 found that men wrote the vast majority of articles and book reviews in leading magazines in the United States and the UK.
Research by Dr. David Anderson and Dr. Mykol Hamilton has documented the under-representation of female characters in 200 top-selling children’s books from 2001 and a seven-year sample of Caldecott award-winning books. There were nearly twice as many male main characters as female main characters, and male characters appeared in illustrations 53 percent more than female characters. Most of the plot-lines centered around the male characters and their experiences of life.
Books are grouped together by genre for a reason: most readers (not all!) go into a bookstore looking for books like other books they have read and liked. If you have read and liked a YA book with a female protagonist, and you go into a bookstore looking for a book like it, you will find that the bookstore is designed to show you other books that have female protagonists. Ditto with Amazon.
If you want YA books with male protagonists, they are not hard to find. Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, White Cat, Anna Dressed in Blood, Beautiful Creatures, The Demon’s Lexicon, The Marbury Lens, Boy Toy, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Maze Runner, I Hunt Killers, Where She Went, Thirteen Reasons Why, Warm Bodies, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Beastly, The Knife of Never Letting Go, ShipBreaker, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Ashfall, Ready Player One, The Amulet of Samarkand, I Am the Messenger, Slam, Feed, Thirsty, Octavian Nothing parts one and also two, House of the Scorpion, Stargirl, The Warrior Heir, I Am Number Four, In Darkness (this year’s Printz winner), When Things Come Back (last year’s Printz Winner) Going Bovine (the year before that’s Printz Winner), Looking For Alaska (2006 Printz Award winner) (Goblin Secrets (this year’s National Book Award Winner), The Graveyard Book (last year’s Newbery Winner) Peter and the Starcatchers, Garth Nix’s Keys to the Kingdom series, The Percy Jackson series, the Eragon series, and of course, Harry Potter.
That’s a tiny fraction, and then of course there are the books that have multiple perspectives split between genders: the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, The Wicked Lovely series, The Gone series, and also mine, but if I tried to list them all my head would explode.
When I was in high school I was given only one book to read as part of my curriculum that was from a girl’s point of view: To Kill A Mockingbird. Nothing against Catcher in the Rye, A Separate Peace, The Outsiders, The Giver, Hatchet, All Quiet on the Western Front, and Holes, but I wish I’d had then the variety of books from girls’ perspectives on the shelves of bookstores that are available now. If you are finding that all the books you’re picking up have girls’ perspectives and you don’t want that, move a little to the left in your perusal of the bookstore. :)
(Source: cassandraclare, via andywhorehal)