(Oooh boy, I hope the guys don't get mad at me).
I was recently discussing different books with some more ladies. They all explained how they do not like to read male authors. They said they are prejudiced against them and as I looked at myself. I had to admit, I am too.
I mainly read women authors. I feel bad for admitting that, but I do. The only male authors I read are the classic writers. Hitchcock is my idol and I love Poe, Twain and Wilde. See how long ago that is? I have not been able to complete ONE book from a male author I've read that's been in this century except for a couple of King's books and I sweated through those. Hey I think King's a genius but his writing style isn't my cup of tea. Oh I take that back. I loved Alex Gardner's The Beach! I loved Lord of the Flies, by William Golding. But that was written over forty years ago!
One of my main problems with male writers is how they write their romance and sex scenes. I'm not trying to lump them all together, but when a man writer writes a sex scene, you can tell. It seems to be more of the physical and not enough of the attraction, seduction, heart and romance. That is one of my biggest turn-offs with some male writers. Other than that, I just can't get into a man's book. It's so hard for me to get into a man's voice. I also have a problem with a lot of male authors and their unnecessary cursing. It's fine to have cursing in the books when it fits a character, but a lot of male authors have cursing in the narrative and it gets excessive.
Do any of you feel the same way? Most of the women I know rarely read male authors unless it's nonfiction, but fiction, nope. They only read them when it's a big book with buzz like say, Dan Brown. A friend of mine recently read a romance by a man. She said it was horrible. She said it was 300 pages of "a stupid, big-busted woman who couldn't live without her man". In all fairness though, a lot of women write these types of "set women back 1000 years-romances too". We can't blame that on men but she said the main thing was the voice. The voice was rigid and unemotional. When I read a man's book I can tell immediately that a man wrote it. I've read some books where male authors wrote under a female pen and I still could tell. You go, "This seems like it's written by a man".
If I caught onto a male author's voice that I truly enjoyed, I'd continue reading his work. But so far, it's the women that are writing the books I love right now. And I love mysteries and suspense. I'm not a romance reader either. So, even though mystery's got a lot of male writers in the genre, I still rather read the females. There's just something about how a woman writes that makes me feel closer to the story and the characters. When I read a male author, I always feel like I'm being held back at arms length. I can't get in deep.
It's not like I haven't given men a fair chance. I've tried to read many, mostly new authors and unknowns. But I've also struggled with the biggies. Koontz, can't finish him. I tried two Grisham books and gave up in the middle due to the voice and style of it. Patterson, hmm. Now I never read a Patterson book. Might give him a try. Ken Follett, love his plots but I can't get into his writing. I only read The Third Twin because I saw the TV movie. But believe me, I've tried to read many male books but...just can't connect with them.
Sorry, men didn't mean to offend, LOL.