I remember earlier in the year I digging through some of the pictures on Book Riot's Facebook page when I stumbled upon this both surprising and very interesting grouping of pie charts breaking down the groups of people represented on Young Adult book covers.
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Learning the statistics of the different groups being used on covers really made me realize how wide of a gap there is in what models are being chosen as models. What really surprised me was how characters of no defined ethnicity appears more than twice as much as the use of the models in the three lesser used character ethnicity.
After examining this photo for quite a while and thinking of it for much longer, I searched for the source of this eye opening piece of information. I was brought here where facts of various themes in covers.
Another very interesting statistic that I found was the use of male and female models on covers.
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This too made me really think about Young Adult literature today. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love YA and I think I always will, but when you really think about the groups of people that these books are targeting, you realize a lot more about the books, and the way they are marketed of specific groups thinking they will bring in larger readership.
I remember once hearing or reading something that Gary Paulsen once said about writing. He was once told by someone that he shouldn't even try to write for a boy readership, that he should write for girls because boys don't read. My thought on that is, if you only write what a girl would be interested in reading, than sure. Boy's won't read as much as girls. But if time is taken to appeal to all groups, than maybe a lot more people would be willing to read for the sake of reading in this world.
If you want to look at more interesting statistics about covers in 2011 please check out this website and please comment below with your thoughts.