Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday #3

This week was a freebie!
I went with Top Ten YA feminist friendly novels.
Disclaimer: These are only ones I have read and make my inner feminist squeal with delight, where as a lot of books makes my inner feminist squirm or yell obscenities. I have plenty more that are recommended to me by feminist friends and bloggers, but alas I have not read them therefore I cannot attest to their strength to be on this list.
My criteria was pretty simple. The female characters are the focus of the story. The MC is proactive in her life and decision making. She is full of action and established personality not in relation to male characters. Gender norms are broken or challenged. They are not Mary Sues.   
  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  2. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
  3. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  4. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  5. Girl Goddess #9 by Francesca Lia Block
  6. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  7. The Book Theif by Makus Zusak
  8. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  9. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan 
  10. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
"When your only female character exists to be bartered and abused, that is lazy writing. When you raise the stakes by threatening a woman with rape, that is lazy writing. When you demonstrate the “seriousness” of a situation by describing a brutal rape, that is lazy writing. When you inject emotion into a flagging scene by making the man throw the woman against the wall, that is lazy writing. Not only is it lazy writing, but when rape is used lightly and cheaply as a convenient narrative device, it hurts people.
Try harder." - Monica Byrne

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