Highly entertaining comments, casnow. And very good ones throughout. Thanks, all.
casnow wrote:However, b/c most men like the above, we generally write about the above, which is for adults and not for kids - hence there just isn't much for little boys to read.
This brings up another point for me. Because of a glut of female authors who perhaps have been home with children, I see a ton of YA. Who out there is writing for adults? Is it a sign of capitalism driving our efforts to the young, spending demographic (I don't remember having a fraction of the cash my nephews and niece have to buy things when I was growing up), or is it simply indicative of who is finding the time to write and what they know best?
I have a friend who reads my stuff who is always encouraging me to write for young boys, as well. Although, I can't possibly see any way to drag my nephews away from their umpteen electronic gaming devices to get them to read for recreation, as a few sitting copies of The Outsiders
seem to prove. If men come into reading later on, surely they want something in which they see themselves that will also provide a little insight into what it means to be a man today.
An interesting perspective from which to begin a book, I think: "adult male literary fiction". The market clearly isn't clamoring for it, but there has to be a few outside of those I mentioned who can write about male interests while providing something that resembles real literature.