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Love Is In The Air (Sometimes)

heart_bookMy client Stephanie Perkins is a big romantic softie. Not only did she share of her favorite romantic scenes from some movies and books with her blog readers the other day, but then she posted some of her readers’ favorite moments. It’s all very swoon-worthy, and I suggest you check it out.

Needless to say, with Valentine’s Day (and my birthday) coming up on Sunday, love is in the air. But I know that not everyone is a fan of this (some say manufactured) holiday, and in THEIR honor, I want to talk about the Bechdel Rule. Maybe you’ve heard of it? I first learned of it from Jezebel, not in this article, but that is the most recent time I saw it. To explain, this is a rule created by cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who “had one of her female characters cite a simple rule: She’d only go to see a movie if it had:

1. At least two female characters, who …
2. talk to each other about…
3. something besides a man.”

So, my question for you today is: do your YA novels follow this rule? Do the female characters you create talk to each other without talking about boys? I’m not saying they can’t EVER talk about boys, but do they talk about other things, too?

And besides your own fiction, what other YA novels can you list (in the comments) that follow this rule? You may have to think about it — I know I do. It’s not something that springs out at me when I’m reading, mostly because I love romance. But I also love stories about awesome teen girls being awesome — think of Mia and Lilly in The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot.

Whatcha got for me?

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