Date: 2012-10-10 10:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bookgazing
Please stop calling this data skewed. It is disingenuous to say that because a data project about YA concentrates on a particular section of YA culture, rather than attempting to investigate the proportion of male protags in the whole of YA ever, this project can draw no useful conclusions in itself. This project is not flawed, it is specific and it draws specific conclusions, supported by and relevant to the data that is being investigated.

This data is looking at a particular aspect of YA - award winners from 2000. It presents the findings from an examination of that data. The write up makes it very clear that no conclusions are being drawn about YA in general here. No one is seeking to say this data exhibits anything representative about the rest of the YA world. What this post is saying is (and Ana catch me is I mess up here):

a.) YA books with male protags exist and are far from invisible. Books like 'Looking for Alaska' and 'A Monster Calls' to name just two books that ended up included in the data for this study are VERY popular and well known.

b.) It might be interesting to look at the number of books by male authors or featuring male protags that receive awards, in light of the often reported fact that there are more female authors and female protags proportionately in YA (bearing in mind that no one has run the numbers for this as far as I know)

Ana has used whether books have won an award as an indicator of visibility. I think that was a perfectly reasonable choice to make and agree with her explanations for making this choice. If you feel you have a good, different way of ascertaining popularity, or visibility of books among young readers please explain, or feel free to run your own study using that criteria as a base. We enjoy research and specific reasoning.
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