Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Reconsidering my YA book series

I spoke to 2 early twenties female YA book readers yesterday and now I'm questioning whether or not I should do the YA book series. Both liked the concept but questioned the Sci Fi aspect of the book saying that not a lot of girls like sci fi. That's a problem. I am actually very concerned about this. The absolute last thing I want to do is to spend months writing books that very few people want to read.

On the other hand, I also like the concept of my YA books and I was looking forward to exploring the worlds. I could potentially make the girl a boy. But the problem with that is that girls are the YA readers. But I guess what those girls are reading are vampire stories, so Sci Fi or not, it still won't go after the bulk of the YA crowd.

The other problem is that I wonder if my style of writing is conducive to YA readers. I feel most comfortable writing emotive characters driven by sexual desire and the need to connect. I think that that would work if the characters were 16, but who reads books about a 16 year old boy? Other than 'I A Number Four' what other sci fi books are there about 15 or 16 year old boys?

I just took a look at the top teen books and the list is dominated by action adventure books. But of the top 20 books, only 6 have boys as the focus. Granted 4 of the other 14 are from one author, but still, out of those 6 only 2 books from the 'I Am Number Four' book series is about a 15 year old boy.

I don't know. I have to think about it some more. I'm kind of leaning against it right now. But I could always change my mind. I'll have to see. Certainly an idea would be to make the book less sci-fi and more fantasy, as in elves and woodland creatures and stuff. That would be more female oriented. But other than Lord of the Rings, and The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, I'm not into fantasy.

The other thing is that I know that my book concept would make a great TV series if I made it a boy. I think that it's less appealing as a TV show if it's a girl character.

Oh, but I just thought of a potential name for it "Light Rider". What do you think? It's would be about a 15 year old that is having a horrible life and decides that he would pray to the universe to end it all. He gets his wish when he slips into a white light and wakes up in the body of another kid on a distant planet. But it turns out that the inhabitant of the body exited because he too was having a horrible life. But where as the Light Rider couldn't deal with his own life, his difficult life has prepared him exceptionally well for the challenges of this new life which includes... it could beLink a dystopian world that involves romance and teenage love. That part is a little flexible. But I would want it to be action adventure. 8 of the top 10 books are action adventure and I think it would be the most fun to write and read.

But I don't know. I really have to reconsider this. I really don't want to waste my time with this book when I could just start on the sequels to Samurai Zombie Hunter or Run From the Reaper.


  1. Well, considering I run pretty much counter to everything generic, I would say that I, personally, like sci-fi and have since I was young myself. I know a lot of people who do, including my 19-year-old niece. So ... write the book YOU want to write - your enjoyment will come through, and quality people will enjoy it. Good luck!

  2. Thanks Katy. It's great to hear from a female Sci-Fi reader. And I do what to write a sci-fi book. I just wonder if it should be right now. I'm now leaning towards writing a follow up to Run From the Reaper. But until I actually sit down to do it, it could still change.