Things in Print Thursday :: a play-by-play of someone’s list of 30 coming-of-age novels

3 Sep

All of these classifications based on the information that can be found on the website or Wikipedia (because let’s face it, not saying a character’s race or sexual orientation means they’re white heterosexual most of the time), or occasionally casting information from the film adaptations.

  1. A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  2. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit (Jeanette Winterson): white female lesbian protagonist.
  3. Less Than Zero (Bret Easton Ellis); white male heterosexual protagonist.
  4. Vernon God Little (DBC Pierre); white male heterosexual protagonist.
  5. Rats Saw God (Rob Thomas): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  6. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You (Peter Cameron): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  7. King Dork (Frank Portman): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  8. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay  (Michael Chabon): Jewish male homosexual (?) protagonist.
  9. The Rotters Club (Jonathan Coe): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  10. Goodbye, Columbus (Philip Roth): Jewish male heterosexual protagonist.
  11. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini): Middle Eastern male heterosexual protagonist.
  12. Absolute Beginners (Colin MacInnes): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  13. Tietam Brown (Mick Foley): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  14. Twelve (Nick McDonnel): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  15. The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole  (Sue Townsend): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  16. The Catcher in the Rye (JD Salinger): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  17. Black Swan Green (David Mitchell): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  18. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  19. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte): white female heterosexual protagonist.
  21. Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro): white female heterosexual protagonist.
  22. The Outsiders (SE Hinton): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  23. The Art of Fielding (Chad Harbach): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  24. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Mark Haddon): white male neuroatypical heterosexual protagonist.
  25. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  26. Wait Until Spring, Baldini (John Fante): white (Italian) male heterosexual protagonist.
  27. The Virgin Suicides (Jeffrey Eugenides): white female heterosexual protagonists, sort of.
  28. The Secret History (Donna Tartt): white male heterosexual protagonist.  (There are “allusions to male bisexuality” but I’m not sure who they’re about.)
  29. The Rachel Papers (Martin Amis): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  30. Skippy Dies (Paul Murray): white male heterosexual protagonist.

Let’s count that up.  Three with explicitly nonwhite protagonists.  Three with female protagonists.  Approximately two with queer protagonists.  Let’s fix this.

–your fangirl heroine.

oh is that so

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One Response to “Things in Print Thursday :: a play-by-play of someone’s list of 30 coming-of-age novels”

  1. IAmDonovan September 2015 at 7:32 am #

    Hey there! I nominated you for the Liebster Award! The most recent post on my blog has the details if you choose to participate! Happy Blogging!

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