Where teen guys have drifted to sports and gaming, teen girls still like to curl up with a good book. It’s all in the numbers. The stats claim females make up over 80% of YA readership, most of which is penned by female authors. Did you think the popularity of the romance novel was a fluke? Does it surprise anyone that the majority of YA fiction has female protags and heavily lilted with romantic nuances? I almost titled this article, Have Romance Writers taken over YA Fiction, but I didn’t want to alienate my good friends who write romance, yet took the time to nurture my fledgling writing career. Besides, you can’t argue with reality. It’s a marketing thing. That said, we need to up the stats for male protags written by authors who have a Y chromosome.