“Gender Balance in YA Award Winners Since 2000” at Lady Business — A fascinating look into the stats behind YA awards by gender of protagonists and authors, addressing the common belief that boys don’t read YA because there are too many girls in it.
Very eeenteresting. I do think books by boys and about boys are more likely to win awards, because we’re all taught to think that boys’ stories are more serious, more vital, more weighty, talking about a boy is an intelligent thing to do, a boy’s life and mind is the right thing to explore, and women’s stories do not matter as much. None of this is true, of course, but we’re all influenced by terrible things, floating around in society: even the ones we know aren’t true.
I found this particular graph very interesting as well. Sadly so.