One more post about YA books for boys…
Here’s an article about kids and e-readers. I wonder if e-readers may be a way to get even more boys reading. A lot of boys like gadgets and are comfortable with electronic devices – and they won’t be embarrassed by certain covers.
I love looking at book covers. And book shapes. And fonts. And colors. It is the thing I like least about my Kindle – that every book “looks” the same on the screen. It makes me realize how the book design influences my perception of a book. It matters to me. I always miss the physicality of holding the actual book. And I absolutely can not imagine – or don’t want to imagine – a time when I can’t stroll through bookstores and see and hold books I’ve never heard of before.
But, perhaps some covers for some boys are a huge deterrent.
Here’s an example of crazy-making with covers:
Why would this
ever be replaced with this
unless you were deliberately trying to drive boys away?
Hannah Moskowitz, author of Break, with this cover – a book with a very cool premise, interesting guy characters, a book I would recommend to the boys I know –
I have not read her new book. But the cover discussion focused on the idealization of the girl in the photograph. Honestly, that doesn’t bother me – photo-shopped perfection is all too common in our society. But she says that teen boys are her intended audience. Hmmm… from my experience it would be the very rare boy indeed who would be caught with this cover. Not happening.
There’s a reason for the whole judging a book by its cover thing…
Yes, of course boys look at and think about girls in a sexual way, but there is no way they want to carry a book like this. Perhaps that’s another societal issue to pursue, but for now it is what it is.
If books written for teen males are already outnumbered by those with a more intrinsic feminine appeal why for the love of the -ito food group would you make them look like chick-lit?
But maybe they can read in secret on an e-reader?
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK