So earlier today I noticed that Half A King was being shelved under Young Adult, even though it had no business being there (yes, the protagonist is probably 17, but it’s unquestionably an adult title). Regardless, it made me start thinking: where is the legit, male-lead young adult fantasy?
I was trying to name titles and I was found myself drawing a huge blank. It’s as if young adult fantasy with male protagonists – i.e. a story from a male’s point of view – is as rare as adult fantasy with a female protagonist was. So I set out to the Twitter and asked them for help.
You know, they seemed a little stumped too and I noticed a decent amount of repetition. If there’s one takeaway from all this, it’s that we need more gender equality in fantasy at BOTH levels – more women in adult fare and boys in young adult fare.
Since I did get some suggestions, I thought I’d share with you. I did edit it for just the fantasy titles, since that’s really what prompted this question! If you have any suggestions, let me know!
Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake
Chronicles of Nick – Sherrilyn Kenyon
Cirque du Freak – Darren Shan
The Demon King – Cinda Williams Chima
Eragon – Christopher Paolini
The False Prince – Jennifer Nielsen [Middle Grade]
Finnikin of the Rock – Melina Marchetta
Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
The Heir Chronicles – Cinda Williams China
The Hunt – Andrew Fukuda
Percy Jackson – Rick Riordan
The Rithmatist – Brandon Sanderson