I’m super excited to share this post today on the blog, I’ve never had a guest poster before and I can’t wait for you guys to read what Liv over @curlyhairbibliophile has to say on the topic of Female Characters in YA. Also, just throwing this out there if you are interested in writing a guest post for BookishNight please let me know so we can set something up!
I’d consider myself a feminist. Over the years, feminism has gotten a really bad rap in real life and online. If you search ‘bad rap’ on dictionary.com (I wanted to make sure I was using the correct form of rap), literally one of the first examples is: “Feminism gets a bad rap, and people perceive the movement as meaning something very narrow and specific—and negative.” Dictionary.com even agrees that feminism has a generally bad reputation.
Let’s bring it back to the dictionary definition of feminism:
For the most part, YA fiction has done a pretty good job of advocating for women. As of April 2016; most of the best seller books are by female authors. Most girls are the main protagonists of YA books, but there is still work to be done in the world of Young Adult novels.
The biggest thing I notice in YA books is how bad girls are represented in books. Girls are seen as incomplete if they don’t have a love interest which is extremely false. One of the best examples of a book where the female character doesn’t rely on a love interest is The Hunger Games. Katniss is one of the best female characters in all of YA literature. She endured some tough events through the books. There was still love incorporated in the book, but it wasn’t a key element to Katniss’s success. But when we hear The Hunger Games being discussed it’s usually: “SOOooooO who do you like better: Gale or Peeta?” That completely dismisses the MAIN PLOT of the story.
I think the reason why everyone emphasises on a strong female character is because of how there is a lack of them in the YA genre. Dynamic, female characters are a big (for lack of a better word) book turn on for me. Some of my favorite strong female book characters are:
- Katniss from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (as I stated above).
- Emma from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar by Ransom Riggs.
- Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.
- Hermione from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
- Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
- Hazel from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
There are SO many books that feature strong female protagonists, but these are just a few.
To sum up this post: Women are being represented better and better in the Young Adult genre, but there is still work to be done. By saying this: I don’t mean to forget about all the books that feature male protagonists and that are written by men. Just be more aware of the way females are being represented in books.
What do you guys think of female characters in YA? What are some of your favorite female characters? Let me know down in the comments. I’ll be looking at the comments. Thanks for reading my post, and a HUGE thanks to Sky for allowing me to guest post on their blog. Thanks again, everyone!
Hi everyone! My name is Liv, and my personal blog is curlyhairbibliophile. I have curly hair and I love to read (hence my blog name.) I love writing, reading, and traveling. I also love grammar, tea, cats, and the internet. I’ve been reading YA books for about four years, and I’ve been blogging for a couple months. I live in the North Texas area with my family, my dog, and my cat. You can reach me on my blog (see above), my Goodreads (curlyhairbibliophile), or my twitter (Grangerliv).
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