I don’t really like female fiction writers

November 27th, 2006

It’s not that I don’t think women can’t be great writers (and many of my favorite bloggers are women), viagra canada site I just don’t like the way most women write fiction*.

In women-written fiction character is more important than car chases, sildenafil exposition is more valued than explosions, and references to Sense and Sensiblity are more likely than senseless violence.

I believe I can actually tell if a book was written by a woman within the first three pages. How about you? Can you tell if a book was written by a man or a woman without knowing the author’s name? Do you think there’s a difference in the way the sexes tend to write? Or am I just wrong?

*This does have one minor exception…the best book ever written, To Kill a Mockingbird, was written by Harper Lee…a woman.

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  • 1. SliverTom  |  November 28th, 2006 at 12:03 pm

    For me it depneds on the genre. For example I prefer female writers over male writers when reading fictitious mystery books.

    Aside from the cheesy mystery books (that I cannot live without) I prefer works of fiction that have been written by men.

  • 2. folkbum  |  November 28th, 2006 at 6:38 pm

    You know who I really love? That George Elliot guy. He rocks. Oh, and Isak Dinesen. On the other hand, that Edith van Dyne was just unbearable.

  • 3. Administrator  |  November 28th, 2006 at 7:53 pm

    So I guess you’re saying you can’t tell whether a writer is a man or woman from his or her work then, Jay? ;)

  • 4. Jenna  |  November 29th, 2006 at 8:42 am

    You can definitely tell whether something was written by a woman or a man. Not that that’s a bad thing–just look at B & S. You can usually tell if it is an Owen post or a Wendy post after a few words.

    There are just stylistic differences and approach differences between the sexes. And thank God for that.

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