Do Boys read YA?
I’m posing this question because as a guy who has his debut YA urban fantasy hitting bookstores in October, I have to admit that when I wrote POLTERGEEKS, I wasn’t thinking about who would be reading it.
You see, I’m not entirely convinced that boys read YA. While we can’t paint everyone with the same brush, I think that if boys are reading at all, it’s probably something else entirely or possibly something surprising. So the purpose of this posting isn’t for me to pronounce that “more boys need to read YA”. I suspect that some are. I suspect some publishers out there would kill for a commercial phenomenon that is attractive to teenage boys in the way that The Hunger Games or Twilight are a phenomenon fueled by massive numbers of teenage girls.
So, what do you think? Are boys reading YA? Aren’t they? If they aren’t, what are they reading or are they even reading at all.
And a final question: what do you think boys want to read. (I have a theory about what they’d like to read and it might raise a few eyebrows. That’s for a blog posting at a later date. First, I want to hear from you.)