As I'm sitting here thinking, there aren't too many boys in my life that I talk about books with. And the boys I have talked to about books, the books have never been anything outside of "classic" literature. I'm not sure why this is. It's as if the only books that have any merit are the ones deemed so by the (very) well educated (and well read) community. Now, I'm not bashing the classics, heck, that's what I study in school but I know that when I'm reading Dickens for class I'm not going to read Bronte before I go to bed at night. I want to read authors who are taking the stage now! There are great things happening in the literary world and I don't think great pieces of literature have to be around for a hundred years to be considered so. Maybe society has this stigma out there that boys can't read for pleasure. But I say that's ridiculous.
Here's some books I think boys like/would like if they picked up:
Wicked by Gregory McGuire-now this one has a female protagonist, but there's lots of political intrigue that I know boys would devour.
the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling-boy protagonist but it's written by a female (which begs the question, why do you think J.K. Rowling didn't use her full first name? Pick me, I know why! Maybe because people would over look a female author?)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins-female protagonist AND written by a female. I know a guy who read this and loved it. Really, there isn't anything NOT to love. There's blood, politics, and survival of the fittest.
Looking For Alaska by John Green-neither written by a female or has a female protagonist but, again, I know a guy who read this and was amazed by it. I think everyone should read this title. It's one of my favorites.
Feed by M.T. Anderson- a super awesome female character. She's amazing and she's smart.. I think guys will like the crazy lingo and dig all the cool future gadgets but still love the story.
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson- John Green, a boy if you didn't know, loved this novel. Biological engineering. What more could you want? Plus, it's well written. Such a great read.
There's just a few titles that I've read that I think boy will like/titles that boys I know have read and liked.
What do you guys think about this? Do you think boys read books with female protagonists? If not, why? What are some titles you think boys will like?