Everybody knows the whole "which came first, the chicken or the egg?" thing. Well, I look at the current YA lit is ask the same question: is there almost no YA books for teenage boys because boys don't read YA, or do boys not read that much YA because there are few books in that market published with them specifically in mind? Go to the "teen" section or your local BN, and you'll be confronted with cover after glossy cover of vampires or angels with six pack abs, shirtless and holding some plain-Jane sixteen year old in their arms. I can't tell whether it's the romance section or the YA section. Either that, or a bunch of stuff about girls fixing their make up and worrying about their friends not wanting to hang out with them anymore. In other words, almost nothing that your average teenage boy would find interesting. When I was a teenager (way back in the late 90s, MAN time flies) I didn't read YA, reason being it was all girly crap or something that would question my intelligence. Granted, things are different now, and there's actually some out there that I would have read (Leviathan, The Hunger Games, and Incarceron come to mind) but for the most part it isn't really YA that gets published as much as it is teen girl fiction. I think it might have something to do with the crappy myth that boys don't read. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. When I was in school, it was the boys that read the books and the girls usually just read magazines. Only the biggest jocks or thug types never read anything. The big thing for most of us teenage boys was Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft, ESPECIALLY Lovecraft. Granted, the fact that our new librarian banned him from the school library was probably a big reason why we all had to read him. I remember reading "The Shadow over Innsmouth" and not getting to sleep that night at age sixteen. The next morning, what does my father say? "hey son, how about we head to the beach today?" I couldn't help but think God was laughing at me. Anyway, we all loved Lovecraft and manga and a lot of mainstream fantasy novels, but we didn't read any teen novels. Why? I think it's because publishers still don't get that boys are very sensitive to people questioning their intelligence. A vampire in high school at the age of two hundred is not going to go over well with boys. Some cosmic horror stuff, on the other hand, that's something we would eat up. I just wish publishers would actually study the reading habits of teen boys and see what kind of adult fiction they read and try to mimic it in YA. I mean, I don't see too many teenage girls reading "Naruto" Manga or Dresden Files novels. If they only sought out things like that with believable characters and plots that don't assume the reader is stupid just because he's young and skipped the romance crap that boys aren't into, they would have something marketable to the other 49% of the teenage population. But why don't publishers do this already?