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Logan Byrne

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Male POV in Young Adult
Posted: May 22, 2013 5:08 PM
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Has anyone written a male POV in a first person YA novel, specifically romance?

I am venturing onto my fifth book and I have a great concept and have had the idea for a male POV. All that I read, however, indicates that most YA is female POV because females are the main audience that read YA novels. Would a male POV be worthwhile to do? I have read conflicting things, with some people saying they'd like to see a male POV, while others say they can't relate to a male POV (because they are all female), and would rather not read it.

I'm outlining the novel now, and it could go either way story wise, but I'm just not sure on what POV I should even do. I don't want to alienate any potential readers by doing it in a POV that most of the population wouldn't be able to relate to or enjoy.
vero8495

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Re: Male POV in Young Adult
Posted: May 22, 2013 7:10 PM   in response to: Logan Byrne in response to: Logan Byrne
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I read a book with a male POV and loved it. The name of the book is My stupid girl. The writer of that particular book did a great job IMHO. So good luck! :)
cdalebrittain

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Re: Male POV in Young Adult
Posted: May 22, 2013 7:33 PM   in response to: Logan Byrne in response to: Logan Byrne
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Well, the Harry Potter books are mostly male POV. The majority of SF, a favorite of YA, is male POV. Romance, though? I'm not sure the guys would read it--on the other hand, girls and women read more books universally, even though more books have always been about men.
mary golden

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Re: Male POV in Young Adult
Posted: May 22, 2013 7:40 PM   in response to: Logan Byrne in response to: Logan Byrne
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It definitely wouldn't alienate if well done. Look at all the wonderful YA novels S. E. Hinton has written...and every single one of them is written from a male protagonist POV.
Thomas Bridgeland

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Re: Male POV in Young Adult
Posted: May 22, 2013 9:11 PM   in response to: Logan Byrne in response to: Logan Byrne
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Lots of YA with male pov out there. My novel Iron Magic falls into that category, and I am working now on another.
Most of trad publishing for YA is female pov, in recent years. I suspect this is because the majority of agents and editors in ya are female, and uninterested in books for males. With us, indie writers, we can attack any market segment we want to.
Jessican

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Re: Male POV in Young Adult
Posted: May 22, 2013 9:58 PM   in response to: vero8495 in response to: vero8495
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Wow! Glad you liked it vero8495!

I wrote a male pov, it's easier than a girls and I am a girl. I wonder if that's weird...
Jessican

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Re: Male POV in Young Adult
Posted: May 22, 2013 10:03 PM   in response to: Logan Byrne in response to: Logan Byrne
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Well, why are you writing it in male pov? The reason I did it is because my character was a gothic, emo kid who said very little but had a lot of internal dialog. I knew if I did the girl view then you wouldn't get the whole picture of who David was. Also guys are easier to write. I wonder sometimes if its weird that a girl author is better with boys views. Maybe that's why I have 4 sons. I get boys.

Thanks vero!!! :)
Karine Holly Gr...

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Re: Male POV in Young Adult
Posted: May 23, 2013 5:14 AM   in response to: Jessican in response to: Jessican
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Having come from a male dominated profession I can tell you that is NOT weird. The guys I worked with liked it. (wanted ideas, I am sure!) They preferred it written by a woman, because they wanted to 'know what we're thinking about how they should react.' (or, so they said, when I would catch them reading 'romances')
Rebecca

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Re: Male POV in Young Adult
Posted: May 23, 2013 5:23 AM   in response to: Logan Byrne in response to: Logan Byrne
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I think it should be fine if your write it well. Or you could switch between PoVs. I'm currently writing a YA novel where I alternate between the PoVs of three characters, two of which are male.
J Bryan Kramer

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Re: Male POV in Young Adult
Posted: May 23, 2013 6:09 AM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
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Well the head Librarian of our County system wrote an column for the local paper. And in a couple of those she explored why men don't like female authored books. She even conducted an experiment where she got men to read books where the author used an androgynous name. The men almost universally did not care for the books, even if they didn't know the author's sex, and the author was female.

Too much conversation and not enough action is my diagnosis of the matter. And yes, ladies men are on to the use of initials instead of your first name.

So if you do this hold in your desire to have a lot of dialog and not enough action. Note that the Harry Potter series contains a lot of action. If you just plan to write books for teen girls then I doubt that there will be a problem.
Marcy Henshaw

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Re: Male POV in Young Adult
Posted: May 23, 2013 7:27 AM   in response to: Logan Byrne in response to: Logan Byrne
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I second MY STUPID GIRL
(DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT THE AUTHOR OF THIS BOOK AND AM NOT SELFPROMOTING IT!!!!!)

It was written by a woman as male POV. It really touched me and I related, which I did not expect. Refreshing.

My best advice is to go with your gut. Don't be afraid to do soemthing a bit different. It's what true artists are made of.
Jessican

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Re: Male POV in Young Adult
Posted: May 23, 2013 8:24 PM   in response to: Marcy Henshaw in response to: Marcy Henshaw
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Marcy! Woman sounds so OLD! I'm a girl!!! Hahahaha!!
Marcy Henshaw

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Re: Male POV in Young Adult
Posted: May 23, 2013 11:09 PM   in response to: Jessican in response to: Jessican
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Yes ma'am
Jessican

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Re: Male POV in Young Adult
Posted: May 24, 2013 5:08 AM   in response to: Marcy Henshaw in response to: Marcy Henshaw
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And now I'm even older! LOL
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