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8,213 hits 3.0 (4 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 5 years ago by CowDung

Do you prefer male or female authors?


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5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 3/26/14 - 2:27:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 3/26/14 - 12:51:38 PM shakira2 wrote:
I think it might be easier for women to write a male character than it is for men to write a female character **ON AVERAGE**. Women are raised with the male perspective being pretty much all over the place (in film, in stories, in videogames). Women are **INFLUENCED** more to imagine a main character as male...so much that it can become incredibly natural to do so. On the other hand, men are able to limit themselves to work with predominately male characters, they become used to "choosing" male and don't have reason to do otherwise...and certainly aren't encouraged **AS OFTEN** to think from a female perspective.

I essentially agree, but I think you overstate it in a few places. I made a couple changes w/in your quote, noted by the all-caps between asterisks.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 3/26/14 - 2:30:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agree with the changes.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 3/26/14 - 4:35:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
I got a few hundred books, and i just checked, not one of them was written by a woman, a woman helped in writing a couple of them, but nothing more than that.

So, apparently male authors.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 3/26/14 - 4:46:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
Male authors usually. But for legal thrillers Lisa scottoline is the best
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 3/26/14 - 7:09:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm gonna go with female authors.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 3/26/14 - 9:08:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 3/25/14 - 11:39:03 PM Inquizitor2 wrote:
depends on the genre. while male and female authors can both thrive in some genres, have female authors done much in the realm of, let's say, science fiction?


Er, yeah. Ursula K LeGuin for a start.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 3/26/14 - 11:50:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
Don't respond to the retarded alter troll ongasaur
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 3/27/14 - 7:54:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 3/25/14 - 11:39:03 PM Inquizitor2 wrote:
depends on the genre. while male and female authors can both thrive in some genres, have female authors done much in the realm of, let's say, science fiction?
On Wednesday 3/26/14 - 9:08:59 PM Ongooshk wrote:
Er, yeah. Ursula K LeGuin for a start.

There are several examples of successful women authors in scifi (and more if you include fantasy in the same genre) and male authors in romance, and there are more and more all the time, but Inquiz is right about the historical and overall imbalance. Personally, I see it more as a sign of interests, whether biological or socialized, and opportunity (again, how we're socialized) rather than a statement of ability.
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 4/22/14 - 3:40:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
Personally, my feelings on writers having nothing to do with their sex or gender identity. Although, my favourite books are A Song of Ice and Fire which was written by a man... If that answers the question.
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 4/22/14 - 9:47:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
I wouldn't say that I have a GENDER preference for authors. I can't even be sure if I've read more books by male or female authors. If the book is good, it's good. If it's bad, it's bad. I really don't see that gender makes a difference. But I WILL say that my favorite book is by a male author. Stephen King.
4 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 2/3/15 - 9:58:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
Perhaps an interesting link from Goodreads.com on sex and reading...

https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show...

Male authors seem to have an even male/female split with their readers, while with female authors, female readers are the strong majority.

4 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 2/3/15 - 9:59:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
It looks like the demographics of those that answered this question are similar to what Goodreads found...
4 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 2/3/15 - 10:01:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
i've mostly read books by dudes
4 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 2/3/15 - 11:39:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
Generally, women can't write science fiction. When it comes to other genres, it doesn't matter much if it's a male or female author.
4 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 2/3/15 - 1:11:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 2/3/15 - 11:39:21 AM sander wrote:
Generally, women can't write science fiction. When it comes to other genres, it doesn't matter much if it's a male or female author.


I used to think it was just a science fiction thing, but I am finding that overall, most books by female authors that I have attempted to read are harder for me to get into.

I have been trying to read more female authors, but more often than not, I end up giving up on the books before the end of the first chapter.


4 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 2/3/15 - 1:17:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
I really prefer male authors because I am in fact sexist. It was all a part of my education in academia. My professor would lump "female" with "native american" to take care of the minorities department in choosing texts. The rest of them were male and white - for a reason. We were up in there reading Pynchon and DeLillo and other contemporary authors and my interest has sprung solely from this track ever since.

The author I'd really like to add to his would-be teaching list is Charlie Huston. They don't even sell any of his books at Barnes & Noble, he's that good.
4 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 2/3/15 - 4:38:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 2/3/15 - 1:17:07 PM Coinvolta wrote:
I really prefer male authors because I am in fact sexist. It was all a part of my education in academia. My professor would lump "female" with "native american" to take care of the minorities department in choosing texts.

Leanne Howe, Louise Erdrich, and Leslie Marmon Silko are the only Native American authors I read in school; all women, too!
4 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 2/3/15 - 4:49:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
Probably by population male, but my most favorite books are Romantics era, and ALL of my favorite Romantic authors are women.

4 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 2/3/15 - 6:56:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 2/3/15 - 1:17:07 PM Coinvolta wrote:
I really prefer male authors because I am in fact sexist. It was all a part of my education in academia. My professor would lump "female" with "native american" to take care of the minorities department in choosing texts.
On Tuesday 2/3/15 - 4:38:34 PM orangefanta wrote:
Leanne Howe, Louise Erdrich, and Leslie Marmon Silko are the only Native American authors I read in school; all women, too!


Leslie Silko was the one we read, Ceremony.

Terrible book btw - in my opinion.
4 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 2/3/15 - 7:13:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
I liked Leanne Howe best. An American in New York was deeply haunting.
4 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 2/3/15 - 11:30:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
Oh really? One of them was good? Maybe I'll check it out.

thx :)
4 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 2/3/15 - 11:43:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
Growing up, some of my favorite books formed a science fiction trilogy written by a female author. I can't say I've read enough books to have noticed a preference.

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