Number one New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans told Glenn Beck Tuesday that some are criticizing his highly acclaimed "Michael Vey" series for an unusual reason: because the books feature a male hero.
"If you look at the last successful series -- Hunger Games, Divergent, Twilight -- they're all female protagonists," Evans said on The Glenn Beck Program. "As a father of four daughters, it's important that our daughters have heroes. Not that Hollywood is producing the kind of heroes we want, but they need role models, and strong role models."
"But what about our sons?" Evans continued. "Our sons are being thrown under the bus. They're failing in school. They're committing suicide at five times the rate of girls. They're not getting into college. They need a hero."
Evans said there exists a "sub-culture that is so anti-boy" in America.
"So when I create Michael Vey, I'm not surprised that I was attacked by making a good kid who's a hero," he said. "There are strong female characters and heroes in the book, absolutely, but Michael is a humble leader. There's not the swagger. He's just a kid who wants to do the right thing. He loves his parents. And in fact, that's the number one comment I get from school teachers. It's like, 'gasp, he loves his parents...'"
Evans said his books are "giving boys a hero again," and a hero they can strive to emulate.
"If our boys ever needed us, they need us now," he remarked.
The fourth book in the Michael Vey series, Michael Vey 4: Hunt for Jade Dragon, was released Tuesday.
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