Why won't boys read books written by a woman?

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    I was reading an article on jk Rowling (who wrote Harry Potter) and it said that with her first book she was advised not to reveal her gender as boys would not read a book written by a woman?

    I can't think why this would be though. I'm female and read books wrote by male authors when I was younger. It surprised me as I can't think why it would matter so just wanted to ask the guys would you have read books written by a women when you were younger if they had a good storyline?
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    well the kind of braindead demographic she's appealing to, probably think girls are icky.
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    As a guy, I have no idea where this idea comes from. I've never avoided reading a book because the author was female, and no other guys I know have...
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I was reading an article on jk Rowling (who wrote Harry Potter) and it said that with her first book she was advised not to reveal her gender as boys would not read a book written by a woman?

    I can't think why this would be though. I'm female and read books wrote by male authors when I was younger. It surprised me as I can't think why it would matter so just wanted to ask the guys would you have read books written by a women when you were younger if they had a good storyline?
    I've read all the Harry Potter when I was younger, seen all the films. Haven't read fully but watched Jonathan Strange and Mister Norell written by Suzanne Clarke which I love. Not a hefty book reader so I might've forgotten some names along my years but I remember some female writers being on them. Point is, where does this stuff come from? I have never heard anyone (male) I know of express how they feel off about reading a book written by a female. Story is all I or we cared about and after being hooked to the story, then we'll look up the author. I honestly don't know what Rowling is talking about. Starting to doubt whether someone really said that, or maybe someone that odd did.
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    (Original post by Rohan187)
    I've read all the Harry Potter when I was younger, seen all the films. Haven't read fully but watched Jonathan Strange and Mister Norell written by Suzanne Clarke which I love. Not a hefty book reader so I might've forgotten some names along my years but I remember some female writers being on them. Point is, where does this stuff come from? I have never heard anyone (male) I know of feel off about reading a book written by a female. Story is all I or we cared about and after being hooked to the story, then we'll look up the author. I honestly don't know what Rowling is talking about. Starting to doubt whether someone really said that, or maybe someone that odd did.
    That's what I thought it could have come from someone with old fashioned views or just paranoid women with a chip on their shoulder.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    That's what I thought it could have come from someone with old fashioned views or just paranoid women with a chip on their shoulder.
    There are odd people in this world so it could've happened. Just wondering why she thought it was worth stating publicly.
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    Nah, that's garbage. I've read plenty of books written by women and I've never been put off by the author's gender.
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    (Original post by Rohan187)
    There are odd people in this world so it could've happened. Just wondering why she thought it was worth stating publicly.
    It was her publishers apparently
    https://www.goodreads.com/author/sho...26.J_K_Rowling
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    Because generally speaking men write better books than women.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    It was her publishers apparently
    https://www.goodreads.com/author/sho...26.J_K_Rowling

    In my time, all the boys was into Jacqueline Wilson's Tracy Beaker, I'm honestly trying to figure out what the publishers were thinking at that time. Ah, never mind.
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    (Original post by TheIr0nDuke)
    Because generally speaking men write better books than women.
    Well true, men tend to focus on adventure rather than looking nice. As a female I find that men have more interesting hobbies too (why would I want to cook/choose furniture and be a weakling who wastes time on my hair when I can get fit, run, climb and do other adventurous stuff). If you read what a story is about on the back of the book though I've adventurous or love story I can't see why gender matters.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Well true, men tend to focus on adventure rather than looking nice. As a female I find that men have more interesting hobbies too (why would I want to cook/choose furniture and be a weakling who wastes time on my hair when I can get fit, run, climb and do other adventurous stuff). If you read what a story is about on the back of the book though I've adventurous or love story I can't see why gender matters.
    Obviously there are some great female authors (Mary Shelley, Charlotte and Anne Bronte, Virginia Woolf, Harper Lee) whose books I enjoy immensely however male authors tend to write far more compelling works.

    I'm not sure if it's just the prose or story but my favourite authors are all male.
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    It's because 5-12 year old boys are all like 'ewww girls' for some reason:s
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    people always fear what they don't understand
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    All the boys I know hate reading in general
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    I dunno, but that's pretty stupid.
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    Most 5 - 12 year olds do not pick books based on the authors gender. i doubt they even pay attention to the authors name..
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    I remember reading Pig Heart Boy and The Hacker by Malorie Blackman when I was a yungen.
    :ahee:
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    (Original post by PrinceOfOrange)
    well the kind of braindead demographic she's appealing to, probably think girls are icky.
    and have cooties
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    Where/when did Rowling say that? I'm intrigued.
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    If anything, i'm always intrigued by novels written by women
 
 
 
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