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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A to Z - Young Heroines Only

A to Z Challenge - Y

Young Heroines Only

I see this topic pop up every now and then and it always pisses me off.

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: V, W, X

Why are publishers pushing for youthful female characters? I've seen this topic come up every now and then and have heard a few authors actually state that they were asked to make their heroine younger. This is ridiculous to me since there are readers of all ages.

Am I personally able to relate more with younger characters? Yes, I'm in my mid-twenties. Will I always relate to that age character? No! This is why I don't understand the reason behind having main characters only in their 20's-30's. I rarely see one in her 40's. It irks me that this ageism even exists in the books I love so much.

I'd love to hear your views on the subject in the comments below. 

12 comments:

  1. A couple of my favorite books have females who are twice my age and I still loved them. However, I have found that younger characters tend to grate on my nerves. The only exception being Keplinger's books but I think that's because she's young herself. Otherwise, I find that the author is trying to portray what they THINK a teen says/does vs what they actually do. I like when my characters don't run around acting like spoiled fools.

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    1. Oooh I bet you're right, that's probably why I have issues reading YA. *nods*

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  2. I'm 21 so I hear you, right now I can kinda relate to some of these characters my age HOWEVER, seriously these women are nothing like me. The heroines my age are like astronauts or super rich career go getting women. Now that's awesome,but really most people I know are only in college.lol. We're not at the level of success yet.

    I get why publishers aim to make characters younger, its like for some, recapturing that youth or dreaming of what you could have done. I'm guessing they also promote younger people because they're stupider in a lot of ways and willing to try more things. I think older characters can be fun though.

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    1. I get your point on why the publishers try to keep it younger. I personally don't really connect with all the younger characters, but I find their mind set easier to relate to if that makes sense :) YA I have difficulty sometimes since they wouldn't make the decisions I would most of the time lol

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  3. I am in my mid-40s but I don't mind. Saving the world is a young persons game. I can identify with the wise old sage that introduces them to their destiny now. ;)
    Of course I am rereading Harry Potter now, so they are all pretty young.

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    Tim Brannan, The Other Side Blog
    2015 A to Z of Vampires
    http://theotherside.timsbrannan.com/

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    1. I can agree with the saving the world is a young person's game! :P

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  4. I've been wanting older characters myself. I've been wondering if there are other readers wanting the same, but don't really know. I'm glad you brought this out. :)

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    1. I'd like more of a mix of ages than just 20-30s to be honest. I wasn't really aware of this until a year or two back Anna @ HerdingCats mentioned it and I was like holy crap she's completely right. Then I started seeing authors post about it every now and then *shakes head*

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  5. Thank you! I finished listening to Black iris, and while I loved the writing (it's totally fantastic) I felt the theme was way too adult for an 18 year - old, it bothered me that she was that young! Maybe I'm a little old fashion, but I think there are some subjects better handled with a bit of maturity.

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    1. Haven't heard of Black Iris *googles*
      I've read a few where the content was too adult for YA/NA.

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  6. Oh yes. This is one that ticks me right off. I don't mind younger characters at all but it's nice to have some variety and older characters can bring such an interesting element to a story.

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  7. Absolutely ! I'm so tired of all these younger heroins that I tend to skip YA books because of the "Young" and regardless of their quality - which is sad. More diversity would be highly appreciated !

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