This meme was created for YA Midnight Reads as a discussion post of all things bookish.
This week’s Discussing Through Midnight is about a topic I’ve been thinking about for a while now. I’m talking about friendships between boys and girls in books. Lately I’ve really noticed this, but why is it that in the bookish world, these friendships do not seem to exist? The main character (in this post I’m just going to assume the MC is a girl, though of course this also works the other way around) seems to A) not interact with any boys (besides the LI) whatsoever, or B) have a lot of male acquaintances that are all in love with her.
And I wonder why this is. Why are there so few books that feature a friendship between a boy and a girl that is completely platonic? It appears that if the main characte interacts with boys, there are always hidden/developig romantic feelings. I know some people think there cannot be a friendship between different genders without there being more to it, but I personally think this is untrue. I know that I am friends with a couple of boys and there are definitely no romantic feelings going on there, on either side. It just surprises me that in books, girls never seen to be friends with boys. In reality, I see friendships between boys and girls all the time.
It makes me wonder why most authors seem to refrain from featuring a male/female friendship in their books. Especially in the Contemporary genre, I expect books to at least reflect reality somewhat. I see entirely platonic male/female friendships happen so little in books, and I really wish there would be more of them.
What do you think about male/female friendships? Do you know any books that feature them?
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