When I started my YA 101 series a month ago, I put out a request for readers, between the ages of 13 and 20 to take part in a not so scientific poll to find out what they like to read and what is their favorite genre. The results surprised even me. Below are the questions I asked and below that are my results.
Out of the following categories, what is your favorite genre to read:
- Adventure (i.e.: Island of the Blue Dolphin; Harry Potter)
- Contemporary (i.e.: Sarah Dessen novels; The Fault in our Stars)
- Dystopian (i.e.: Hunger Games; Divergent)
- Fantasy / Sci Fi (i.e.: Eragon / I am Number Four)
- Paranormal Romance (i.e.: Twilight, Beautiful Chaos)
- Steampunk (i.e.: Cinder; Leviathan)
- Urban Fantasy (i.e.: Percy Jackson; City of Bones)
How do you find books to read?
- Book club
What is the most important element in a book?
How often do you read?
- Every day. I devour books
- Eh, maybe 2 – 3 days a week
- More like 2 – 3 days a month
- Seriously? Who has time to read?
- Something in between
How old are you?
49 people responded.
Ages: 20% were under the age of 17. The other 80 % were 17 to 20.
Where did they find their reading material?
- 41% from their parents;
- 18% from friends;
- 15% from teachers;
- 11% from libraries/bookstores;
- 8% from book clubs;
- 7% from media.
Frequency of reading
- 61% – every day
- 21% – 2 – 3 days a week
- 12% – something in between
- 6% – 2 – 3 days a month
Most important element of a book: (this one surprised me. I thought it would be the other way around)
- 71% – Characters
- 29% – Plot
And for the big question? Favorite Genre to read?
- 37% – Dystopian
- 35% – Urban Fantasy
- 21% – Harry Potter – fantasy adventure stories
- 5% – Fantasy
- 2% – Contemporary Fiction (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Epic Tales of a Misfit Hero being specifically mentioned)
Do you agree with the results? If you read YA, how would you answer the questions?
- In Defense of the YA Fantasy (thesealofoblivion.wordpress.com)
- Genre Talk – Urban Fantasy vs. Paranormal Romance (paranormalunbound.com)
- YA: It’s Not a Genre (avajae.blogspot.com)