Have you ever wandered into a bookstore and found yourself baffled by the shelving of some books? Have you ever read a review that labeled a book written for adults as YA only to bemoan the amount of adult content? What do most of these erroneously shelved books have in common? They’re written by women.

Over the years, women have slowly been making inroads into speculative fiction, what was traditionally a ‘boys’ club’. But we haven’t been given equal footing. Instead, we are told that we must be writing for young people, that our work couldn’t possibly be serious.

At Breaking the Glass Slipper, we love YA, but YA and adult genre fiction are different and it is important to recognise that difference. Especially when YA becomes a shorthand dismissal of women’s writing.

“SFF by women seems to be automatically classified as YA, which is where the error comes from.”

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Normal People by Sally Rooney
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • The Hunger Games by Susan Collins
  • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  • ACOTAR by Sarah J Maas
  • Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • Beast Quest by “Adam Blade”
  • Young Bond books by Charlie Higson and Steve Cole
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Hero and the Crown by Robin Mckinley
  • Incarceron and Sapphique by Catherine Fisher
  • Tamora Pierce
  • This blog article by Shannon Hale