Things in Print Thursday :: coming of age novels.

22 Oct

This is the list that comes up on Google when you search “coming of age novels.”

  1. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee): white female heterosexual protagonist.
  3. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  4. A Separate Peace (John Knowles): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  5. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott): white female heterosexual protagonist.
  6. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte): white female heterosexual protagonist.
  7. Norwegian Wood (Haruki Murakami): Japanese male heterosexual protagonist.
  8. How the García Girls Lost Their Accents (Julia Alvarez): Dominican female heterosexual protagonist.
  9. Bastard Out of Carolina (Dorothy Allison): white female heterosexual protagonist.
  10. We Need New Names (NoViolet Bulawayo): Zimbabwean female heterosexual protagonist.
  11. Candide (Voltaire): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  12. White Oleander (Janet Fitch): white female heterosexual protagonist.
  13. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  14. Swamplandia (Karen Russell): white female heterosexual protagonist.
  15. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Benjamin Alire Sáenz): Mexican-American male homosexual protagonists.
  16. Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship (Johann Wolfgang van Goethe): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  17. Villette (Charlotte Bronte): white female heterosexual protagonist.
  18. Look Homeward, Angel (Thomas Wolfe): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  19. Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison): African-American male heterosexual protagonist.
  20. The Red and the Black (Stendahl): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  21. Moloka’i Nui Ahina: Summers on the Lonely Isle (Kirby Wright): mixed-Hawaiian male heterosexual protagonist.
  22. Punahou Blues (Kirby Wright): mixed-Hawaiian male heterosexual protagonist.
  23. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (J.K. Rowling): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  24. The God of Animals (Aryn Kyle): white female heterosexual protagonist.
  25. The Tombs of Atuan (Ursula K. LeGuin): white female heterosexual protagonist.
  26. The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Emily M. Danforth): white female homosexual protagonist.
  27. The L-Shaped Room (Lynne Reid Banks): white female heterosexual protagonist.
  28. The Traveling Vampire Show (Richard Laymon): white male heterosexual protagonists.

Reasonably gender-split.  Very white, very straight.

–your fangirl heroine.

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