petition to make young adult authors stop writing about girls whose lives change when they meet a boy
When she saw him time slowed to a stop. He was so perfect and she knew her life would never be the same because she had finally found him. The one. The first boy she would ever kill.
Well my YA novel is about a girl whose life changes when she meets a boy…
I mean, the boy is gay and she has to become his surrogate father figure and teach him how to fight and protect himself, but her life does change when she meets him?
Anyways, that is aside from the point I wanted to make.
It’s not YA authors that need to change. People should be free to write whatever they want and what you’re asking is 100% plain ol’ censorship. Society as a whole is the problem. When the masses stop buying up these YA books about terrible love triangles and submissive, flat female characters, YA authors will stop writing them. For that to happen, a fundamental shift in how society views women and their roles need to happen. And it is happening. In books, movies, TV, music, video games, comic books and media in general. But it does not happen by “forcing” it. Someone writes a book like The Hunger Games, people consume it, people’s views slowly change. And The Hunger Games is good proof that it is a slow change. The love triangle thing in that books feels forced; like a relic of the past that was included just to ease the masses. It would not have sold like it did without that (#teampeeta / #teamgale). Maybe soon it will be acceptable to to write a book about a female character without love interests; a book that sells like Hunger Games. And if you are so upset about the current state of YA books re: female characters, there is a much easier way to go about making change than trying to regulate what other people write: write what you want to read. If the kind of female character you want to see in a book is no where to be found, then it is up to you to make that change. Pick up a pen, open a word document, and start writing. If more people did, maybe we wouldn’t be talking about this.