Re: We need more data

Date: 2012-03-10 07:17 am (UTC)
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So what do you suggest be done to fix the problem of women's writing being invisible in much of the SF blogosphere? Should women be writing more in these subgenres than men are willing to read? Like Epic Fantasy? There are plenty of women writing epic fantasy. That's the subgenre reviewed most heavily by most of these blogs. Take a gander at the spreadsheet and you'll see them covering Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, George R.R. Martin, Steven Erikson, Daniel Abraham, etc. like I used to cover my PeeChees with doodles. Yet C.S. Friedman gets covered once. Elizabeth Moon gets one read on a male blog. Trudi Canavan gets two. Beth Bernobich gets none. I could be off on these counts by one or two, I just did a quick eyeball.

The spreadsheet is there if you want to go and classify them. But you won't find female written epic fantasy getting read like male written epic fantasy.

Is there more epic fantasy published by male writers? possibly. does it matter? not really. the publishers have figured out that putting out another schlocky Terry Brooks is going to get more buzz and sales than something by a woman. Why spend the effort finding and nurturing and promoting female authors if one of the two big genders will pretty much ignore it?

And the "conventional wisdom" (such as it is) is that women write fantasy and men write science fiction because women read fantasy and men read science fiction (it's false, but that's what you'll see all over). But here we have men pretty much ignoring fantasy by women and devouring fantasy by men.
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