I read a really good book by Karin Slaughter this weekend. I think the title is A FAINT COLD FEAR. I can’t check because I gave it to my son to read.
Here’s what I found interesting. A couple times, I actually went back and checked to see who the author was because sometimes the writing felt like a man’s writing. Nope, it was a woman.
That’s not bad or good, by the way, just a comment. Men have a sparser, less emotional writing style…IN MY OPINION. They will spend pages describing a bomb and a sentence describing a woman, and even fewer words describing a feeling or emotion.
Writing is so subjective, so open to interpretation. That’s my interpretation.
On one or two blogs, I saw some people say they thought JR Ward writes like a man. I totally disagree. Ward, it seems to me, makes her men alpha then gives them female emotions. It works for me! But I’m betting most men wouldn’t see the appeal. I think Ward totally writes like a woman.
When I gave my son Slaughter’s book, I actually heard myself say, “I think you’ll like this one, she writes like a man with less of the emotional stuff.” Uh, hold on. Did I just say he’d like this book better because Slaughter writes like man? Isn’t that buying into a stereotype?
There’s a feeling out there that if a book is written in a “male” style, it will do better in sales. Particularly mystery, suspense, or thrillers. That’s why authors sometimes use initials so that readers don’t know their sex.
This annoys me. Women BUY most of the books. And yet, I heard myself say, “…she writes like a man.” What is even worse is my son likes female writers. He loves mystery and suspense. He skims the romance if they books have it but it doesn’t stop him from reading them. (He reads my books too.)
I read both male and female authors. Lately it seems like I read way more female authors, I’m not sure why.
But next time I give my son a book I think will appeal to him, I’ll say, “You’ll like this one. Stuff blows up,” or “Lots of people die.” (Talk about stereotypes!)
Does it matter to you all when you buy a book if the author is male or female? What do you all think about this?