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Readers prefer authors of their own sex, survey finds I may have posted this in the wrong spot...

So there was a survey on Goodreads that concluded that men prefer male authors while women preferred female authors.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/nov/25/readers-prefer-authors-own-sex-goodreads-survey

How true do you think this is, for yourself and for the general populace?

Personally I could care less about gender. If it is well written and something I am interested in I will read it.

Somewhat off topic, one thing that bugged me were comments such as:

"Not surprising. I am a man and have never felt any strong relation to anything written or filmed by a woman. I take it men and women are two different species."

"After the short trip into the world of female-written romance novels that I made a few years ago, I decided that:
(A) I am more male that I was awware of,
(B) there is a chasm between the sexes, dark, deep, insourmountable. We are not born to understand each other."

(Ugh, typos!)

Degrading for one thing, but it also suggests that no matter how good the writer is, they are never good enough to put to paper how the opposite sex acts and reacts. It makes me think of those authors, most likely women, who hide their works behind initials in order to get their stories taken seriously.

November 26, 2014, 11:25:03 PM
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Re: 'New' V 'Old' Fantasy Worlds I really wish more writers would put more into their worlds. I know the average reader wants fast paced, but after awhile all the worlds start looking the same. 
October 31, 2015, 06:40:34 PM
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Re: Where's the Wow Factor in Books Gone?

Are we accepting more mediocre novels or are mediocre novels being pushed by the press more?



I think that's just  the casuals who place mediocre books high up on the list.

October 31, 2015, 06:43:04 PM
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Re: What Fantasy Books Haven't you Finished?
The Silmarillion. - just could not get through it. It read like a long list version of a family tree where everyone has variations of the exact same name. I found it so dull I just had to put it down and walk away.

that's pretty much the only book I've put down and have no intentions of picking up again at any point soon. I will try again, but not for some years yet I think.

That's funny, I actually liked it better than LoTR.

October 31, 2015, 06:45:05 PM
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Re: Readers prefer authors of their own sex, survey finds Welp, I posted this about a year ago and suddenly got lots of emails saying this had been replied to. Glad to see this thread came back to life. Interesting ideas everyone!
April 19, 2016, 04:54:42 AM
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