Girl Power Evolution
This quick opinion piece I found on THE CONVERSATION looks at the progression of female protagonists in young adult fiction as well as how much further they need to change. This really made me think of the importance in having female protagonists that are not the majority and how they can help readers feel more represented. Perhaps reading more protagonists that are different from ourselves can help us understand how others experience the world and apply it into our own lives.
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How female protagonists have changed – and stayed the same – in young adult fiction
Strong female protagonists in young adult fiction are nothing new. From Nancy Drew to Annemarie Johansen – Lois Lowry’s selfless heroine in Holocaust-era “Number the Stars” – to a plucky young Lucy Pevensie in “The Chronicles of Narnia,” young adult fiction has always enjoyed a healthy share of women ready to figure it all out, enlighten, and sometimes literally save the day.
But the female protagonists who star in this decade’s crop of young adult fiction show three interesting shifts . . . Continue reading on THE CONVERSATION by clicking HERE.