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Question of the Now
I posed this question on Twitter and I want to ask it over here where there is space for answers.

What is a boy book?

I open the floor to you, my friends. If you are not an LJ member, please leave me a handle so I know who I am talking to! Thanks!

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olmue From: olmue Date: March 20th, 2011 04:22 am (UTC) (Link)
These are the kinds of books my boys (10 and 13) like:

books with humor
books with real stakes (as in, doesn't have to be realistic fiction, but stakes high enough to care about with tangibility to them. As in, NOT the kind of award winning book that's mostly internal). This generally means they prefer action/adventure/fantasy over High Literary where the MC faces Depressing Life and the Dog Dies and the MC is unable to change anything for real in his life.
NOT straight romance (if there's a little, okay, but definitely not the main focus!!)
As long as the MC does enough interesting things, a girl MC is permissible, but they do take more to books with male MCs. (They love The True Meaning of Smekday, for example, and also books with dual male-female MCs, like Riordan's Egyptian series.)
What-if books with a cool premise
Books with explosions
Fantasy, action, adventure, survival, gadgets, extremely ingenious kids, and any combination thereof
Graphic novels and books with graphic novel pages in them (again, see Smekday)
Books where the MC actually triumphs at the end, instead of it all being a dream or something where the MC realizes that Life Is Just Bad, So Deal with It.

The kind of books they won't touch:

books with too much estrogen on the covers
anything to do with fashion or anything that smacks of a Barbie mindset (so, books about girls who like to shop, or books about girl pecking orders or er, PMS or anything like that)
books where the story is a bunch of people sitting around thinking but where they never actually get up and do something about it
books that are just too depressing
books where the dog dies (or the mom, or the mom AND the dog)

Some of this is personal taste, of course. But they tend to share a lot of likes and dislikes with their friends, so...
peadarog From: peadarog Date: March 21st, 2011 10:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I like to think I'm an adult, but this list works for me :)
jbknowles From: jbknowles Date: March 20th, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know I'm in the minority, but I really don't like that term and I don't believe in it. My son loves all kinds of books. Ones with female mc's and male. He doesn't care as long as it's a good story. I think a lot of kids feel the same way. It's the adults who push the gender stuff, imho
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 22nd, 2011 10:03 am (UTC) (Link)


Hello, nice to be here!
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 11th, 2011 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Just saying "hi" from the Gold Coast, Australia - Looking Forward To Getting Involved.

Thanks...this looks really interesting. I am looking forward to having my say!
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 12th, 2011 09:24 am (UTC) (Link)

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