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.
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.
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.
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.
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')
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.