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Men too simplistic to read fiction?
That's what this article in Writer's Digest implies.

Apparently, they did this study that found only 20 percent of novel sales come from men. The reason? Well, this is what author, Steve Almond, thinks:

"Men don't read fiction because they don't want to deal with complicated, painful internal conflicts."

Bullshit. Bull. Shit.

Let's think about this 20 percent thing, shall we?

Well, first off, according to a website I glanced at (I know, not all that reassuring, but the stats sound about right from what I've heard before - http://www.theromancereader.com/hyper5.html): 48.6 percent of mass market book sales are from romance novels.

Okay, rounding? That's HALF of the paperback book market right there. Now, if you really want to get into an argument with me about men purchasing smut books, by all means, bring it, but I don't really think it's any stretch to say that women readers took over that market.

Now, I'm far too lazy to look up any more stats, so I'll just stop there when it comes to other genre's coming in to swoop up female sales.

My real point is - How can you insinuate that men don't read with just that one statistic? Oh, I'm sorry, and the article's author's husband and son not being interested. Right, yes, that cinches it. *Rolls eyes*

They further decided this was the case by discussing how the 'men's market' approach jumped the shark before it had it's first 'season'. So what if the 'men's market' of books plummeted? That just means there are far fewer men interested in reading a book about a main character who watches sports and scratches his balls all day. (Okay, I might have added the balls part myself...) They get points for that in my book.

Blah blah blah. You know what? There isn't one guy I know that doesn't read fiction. Granted, a couple of them don't read nearly as much as they used to, but they still like it when they get going. Hell, I talk to more guys about books I've read than women! MEN READING ARE EVERYWHERE. SURROUNDING YOU. THEY WILL TAKE OVER YOUR BOOKSTORES WITH THEIR FICTION RAY OF DOOM.

So, shame on you for assuming men don't read! Shame on you twice for thinking it's because they don't have the mental stamina for it! *Shakes head at them*

(Note: I will say this, however. My man never buys books. He always steals them from me after I buy them. Maybe that's where part of this statistic comes from! Conspiracy!)

Current Mood: annoyed annoyed

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gailadora From: gailadora Date: June 14th, 2006 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, you know Bob hates reading. I never see him with his nose in a book, and if I do it's never fiction. I think I actually saw him spit on a book once. It's true! ^_~ *grins*
ifritah From: ifritah Date: June 14th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I believe it! I've never met anyone who loathed books more than that man!

*Beat* By the way, do you know if the hater of the books has started that Jim Butcher novel yet?
bobthebarbarian From: bobthebarbarian Date: June 14th, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Started and finished over a week ago. Not a bad read. The beginning was a little rough, but the main course was pretty well thought out. If I happen to see the second in the series I probably will pick it up. But have lots on my plate now...need to get last Wheel of Time novel, need to finish the Angel/Demon/Farie book, and want to find the second book to a random book I picked up about a month ago. You might like it, but it is a little wierd. It's called Doppleganger; it's from the points' of view of both of them and jumps back and forth. One's a mage, the other is an assassin. The assassin is the doppleganger, and the mage has to kill her doppleganger to fully control her magic. The weird part is absolutely NO romantic interest. Now, I don't really read novels for the sex part (It's much more fun to do than to read) but the character that SHOULD be the romantic interest doesn't show the least amount of interest; neither does the heroine. The author (female if your interested) even sets up a seen where the assassin just got her ass kicked (and kicked others') and he has her shirt off and is inspecting her with his hands for broken ribs. HE DOESN'T EVEN LOOK AT HER BREASTS! Come on, even a Doctor I would think would be like, "Damn, those are nice!"
ifritah From: ifritah Date: June 14th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Dresden Files only gets better! The first book, though good, reads to me like an introduction. Here's this guy. He does magic. Technology hates him. He's broke. LOVE HIM. A couple books in and it takes off in a direction you weren't expecting! Seriously, if you'd like to borrow the rest of the series, by all means they're there!

As for this other book... Umm, you can keep it aaaaaaall to yourself.

Oh! By the way, I don't recall, have you read Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series? Since you like Robert Jordan, I think you'll like him. Personally, I like Terry better... when he's not boring the hell out of me. (But that happens only in book five and... seven? RJ does that to me in every book! I just deal with that to get to the good parts! ^_^)
From: pirateday Date: August 2nd, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm too poor to buy books, I spend my money making you happy.

Yeah, this is a way late comment and no one will read it but you, but that's all that matters.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: August 3rd, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Spending money on me so I can spend money on books works for me! ^_~
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