Women in YA Fiction


As you all probably know many YA writers are women and that’s awesome. Female authors are more likely to submit YA novels to publishers than male authors which is the opposite of other genres including fantasy and science fiction even though YA novels often feature SF or fantasy as a sub-genre.

I’ve been thinking about how many women have YA novels published recently, and I thought that I’d write a small post about three of the most famous female YA authors. You’ll have probably guessed who I’m going to include but they are incredibly famous.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneJ. K. Rowling

Rowling is one of the most famous YA writers ever thanks to the continuing success of her Harry Potter series. Rowling’s series captivated a generation, and the generation after that, and it’s made her incredibly successful. She was knocked back by publisher after publisher but her determination to have her series published shows what hard work and dedication can lead to. Whether you like Rowling or not you have to admire her work ethic and success. (However, I do wish that she’d stop randomly adding information to the series because it’s complete and I want it to stay that way.)

The Hunger GamesSuzanne Collins

If you haven’t read The Hunger Games then you should. It’s a fantastic dystopian YA series and it has enjoyed an incredible amount of success both before and after being adapted into a four-part film series. Her career started as a writer for children’s and teenager’s TV shows so she was comfortable writing for her intended age group but Collins’ approach to YA is gritty and dark as she drew inspiration from child conscription, totalitarian governments, and class divisions to create a series of novels that reflects our own world in a uncomfortable way. Unfortunately, Collins hasn’t published much since the final book of The Hunger Games in 2010 but she was named as one of Times’ Most Influential People in 2010, proving that writing YA is more influential than most people think.

twilightStephanie Meyer

No one can deny the success of the Twilight Saga even if they absolutely hate it. I’m not going to deny that there’s a lot wrong with the books, especially the romanticised abusive relationship that the books centre around, but I’m talking about successful YA writers and Meyer is one of them. So many people, including myself, cite Twilight when they talk about the books that made them readers. The saga was easy to consume and the first film was a huge hit at the box office. Twilight was a phenomenon that almost faded into the background (until 50 Shades was outed as a Twilight fanfiction) but it inspired so many people to read that I can’t deny Stephanie Meyer’s influence and success.

Eight other female YA authors that you should look up:

  • Maggie Stiefvater (The Scorpio Races, The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, The Raven Cycle series)
  • Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass series, A Court of Thorns and Roses saga)
  • Victoria (V. E.) Schwab (Monsters of Verity duology, Shades of Magic series)
  • Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles)
  • Tahereh Mafi (The Juliette Chronicles)
  • Marie Lu (Legend series, The Young Elites series)
  • Renee Ahdieh (The Wrath & the Dawn series)
  • Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything)

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