Monday, June 30, 2008

GuysLitWire Teen Survey: Myles

"I don't read books with girl protagonists, unless the girl is kicking butt."

That quote comes courtesy of Myles, a sixteen-year-old boy who has read everything written by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. When he was younger, he read the Animorphs series regularly. Now, Myles tends to read horror novels about vampires and shapeshifters as well as historical fiction set in Ancient Rome.

Myles and I have had many, many conversations about books. When I asked him if he'd fill out a survey for GuysLitWire, he grabbed the pen and paper I offered and started scribbling away.

Books recently read for fun: The Afghan Campaign by Steven Pressfield, Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield, Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz, Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer, Wyvernhail by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Books recently read for class: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, 1984 by George Orwell

Books you want to read: The sequels to all of the books already listed and/or the next book out by those authors

Books you read as a kid: The Animorphs series by K.A. Applegate

Why do you like to read? Because it's fun.

Favorite book genres/topics: All except romance.

Favorite authors: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Steven Pressfield, Anthony Horowitz, Barack Obama, J.K. Rowling, Sharon Draper, Margaret Peterson Haddix, D.J. MacHale, Stephenie Meyer, K.A. Applegate, Annette Curtis Klause, Robert Muchamore

Favorite movies: The Kingdom, The Patriot, Last of the Mohicans, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Jumper, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Harry Potter movies, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Transformers, Disturbia, Cry_Wolf, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, 21

Favorite musicians/music genres: Smooth jazz, house, R&B

Myles told me that he plans on reading a lot of books this summer. The Pressfield books have furthered his interest in ancient history, and he's on a roll with those. He is going to check out some more fantasy and horror books as well.

Thanks for being our first surveyed teen, Myles!

Click here to catch up with Myles two years later, as a senior.


Brian Mandabach said...

interesting. I'm moving to an alternative high school (from middle school) and am looking for titles that will appeal to "reluctant" readers who are turned off by the usual books in traditional high school classrooms. Sort of overwhealmed, since there is so much out there . . .pkrlkph

A Paperback Writer said...

I am confused.
Here is a boy who says he will only read books with female protagonists if the girls kick butt -- but he read and liked Eclipse?! Huh? Bella is not a kick-butt heroine. And this is the first teen boy I've heard of reading Meyer. What's going on here?
(Note: a book with a kick-butt heroine that my junior high school boys think is cool is Stuart Hall's Cry of the Icemark.)

Anonymous said...

He likes vampire stories, and I think that's why he was initially interested in the Twilight books.

Due to its popularity, you can imagine how many conversations I've had with readers about Meyer's books - and those readers have been both genders, and between the ages of 12 and 40.

A Paperback Writer said...

I am still stunned. Of course, every other girl at the junior high where I teach carries a copy of one of the books, but I have as yet to know of a single boy who has or even wants to read it there.
And I do think it's funny that this kid contradicts himself -- but most kids do. And, hey, he's a reader, so good for him!

Little Willow said...

I've had more than one teen guy come into the store and talk about the Twilight books. (They liked the series more than I did.)

Em said...

I can second Little Willow's comments. While the Twilight series does have a primarily female fan base, I think it's accessible for boys too. I've talked to several teen guys that really like the books.