Girl Books?

Why is Liam writing about girl books? you ask. That’s a strange topic for me, to say the least.

Most of the books my sister reads are girl books, mainly ’cause she’s a girl. What I’ve noticed about these kinds of books (though I’ve never read any) is that they seem to have the same outline: a girl is someplace where she does “fun” stuff, but there’s another girl who’s the popular one and a bully.

If you took away all the books in the library with this storyline, you would have taken half the children’s section away. And most girls wouldn’t read anything anymore.

Except my sister. She likes reading the Last Dragon Chronicles, which is as hard core fantasy as you can get. It’s not a bad series.

Why are books for girls written in that way? It’s because all girls want to be popular, or at least be in a social circle. That’s why it’s hard for most girls to contemplate homeschooling. “Do you like, have any friends? Like, at all?”

With boys, if you can beat someone at anything you’re a friend. John Flanagan has a great quote like that: “[Men from a specific country] will trust you only after you break their nose”, or something like that. Once again, I stink with quotes.

And that’s why boys don’t read girl books.

You know, that’s another thing: girls can read “boy” books (PJ+O, LOTR, that sort of thing), but boys will be ridiculed if they read “girl” books (American Girl, the Mother-Daughter Book Club, Addie Finch’s Rules for Girls, or something like that).Very strange. If you saw a boy you know from your high school reading American Girl: The Girl’s Book on Style, or the Great Makeup Mystery, what would you think? Then again, if you saw a girl from your high school reading The Hobbit, or Leven Thumps, what would you think? You would shrug it off.

Anyway. I rambled a lot in this post, didn’t I?

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  1. Keri

     /  December 19, 2011

    It’s Allie Finkle not Addie Finch.

    • …Whatever. *raises three fingers in W* And do you actually have anything beside inconsistencies to point out on any of my posts? No? well, then.

  2. I think it’s the kind of books girls see and choose at that age. For instance, Sarah Dessen – all her books have girls on them, or are pink in the cover so girls are drawn to them in the young adult section. Bring your sister to the “fiction” section rather than “young adult” and she will explore the differences. Or convince her to buy a book that may not look “girlie.”

  3. Mmmmhmmmmm.

    And that’s why I tend to not read “girl books”. I mean, I’ll read realistic fiction; but if it gets too stereotypical, I don’t read it. >.<

    • *thumbs up* I knew you weren’t that kind of person. I just knew. Somehow. I think it was after I read your NaNo excerpt. That kind of thing doesn’t come from a normal person. Of course, that isn’t bad. No one is normal on this blob.

  4. Erin

     /  December 19, 2011

    I avoid “girl books” as much as I can. I roll my eyes when I pass them in the library. I’d rather go for the dragons and fantasy and adventure.

  5. I don’t think I’ve ever read ‘girl books’, despite being a girl myself. ‘Girl books’ bug me. Give me dragons!

  6. Hmmm. Someone I used to know seemed to be genuinely surprised that I highly enjoyed Ranger’s Apprentice. I found that odd.

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