When my good friend and fellow writer, Magdalyn Ann, compiled her list of query-able agents the other night she kept coming across the phrase “books for boys.” Agents wanted YA, fantasy, scifi, and “books for boys.” This, of course, sparked a conversation between us. I mean really–what is a book for a boy? Especially in today’s book world and culture. If there are books for boys then there have to be books for girls and basically what I’m rambling about is:
There’s shouldn’t be a difference between books for girls and books for boys.
Seriously, what message are we sending by keeping these distinctions? Girls can be into sports and bugs just like boys can be into princesses and unicorns. Keeping these gendered genres is ridiculous and only promotes constricting stereotypes about sex roles.
(Wow this is becoming a really heavy post)
Why we promote books for one sex or the other drives me nuts. And to be honest, it’s kept me from picking up a lot of really good books. If someone hadn’t recommended The Maze Runner, or Divergent, or The Selection to me–I’d have missed out on those great titles. So I propose a solution. Get rid of “books for girls” and “books for boys” and just call them what they are: books. Otherwise, you’re keeping young readers from finding books that could be their favorite book ever! And really–do you want to do that?