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Hello, I'm here looking for suggestions. I recently took it into my head to statistically compare YA books with female protagonists and with male protagonists. Things like the gender/alliance break-down of the cast, the most often used words in the summaries, stuff like that. However, while I'm finding tons of books with female main characters, I can't find enough male main characters to compare to. There seem to be a trend where male characters stop at 14 or so, and while I can find a handful that are in the 15-18 range, it's not enough to make a fair comparison to the 350 female books I've collected so far.

I've been going off the listopia feature on Goodreads, and that's user-generated, so I'm thinking maybe I'm just looking at lists made by people who like female MC books. I'm wondering if anyone can help me find a similar trove of male MC books for my project.

Also, I'm only looking at stuff published since 2010 and put out by a publishing company, no self-published works. I'm more heavily focused on sci-fi/fantasy/adventure than I am slice-of-life/literature.

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ayashi
Mar. 8th, 2013 01:25 am (UTC)
At least for what I've read the vast majority are female characters... the YA (or books that could be classified as YA) I've read with male characters is generally older than 2010 for whatever reason.

A couple of authors that tend to write YA with male characters are David Leviathan and John Green though it looks like they mostly write contemporary. But maybe if you look at some lists they are included in for Goodreads you can find something?

There's also a comment by Tamora Piece (top voted on this article in the atlantic - http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/08/why-do-female-authors-dominate-young-adult-fiction/260829/ that lists off a bunch of male authors, so perhaps that list will give you a starting point to find more book starring male characters as well.

Edited at 2013-03-08 01:31 am (UTC)
little_e_
Mar. 8th, 2013 09:22 am (UTC)
Welp, there's something to compare right there. :)
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