Sunday, September 9, 2018
Do we judge women writers differently? 👩🏼
Female writers. Lots of us out there. I'm just wondering if many women writers are conscious of whether or not their book comes across as being too feminine? Do women worry about covers that look too girly or do they avoid topics that suggest wedding bells, hearts and flowers? Is there a concern about making the male characters 'too soft' or not making their female characters strong enough? Do women writers feel they are taken as seriously as men in the business?
I'm just curious. I've noticed some comments in the media that have suggested that women writers sometimes feel that they aren't taken as seriously as their male counterparts, especially if they write romance or anything to 'fluffy and frilly'. Having said that, the romance industry is actually vastly popular, so this shouldn't be the case and yet, I've heard it is.
Personally, I tend to write about darker topics such as rock stars, gangsters and vampires; all of which probably have a more masculine vibe but regardless, I am very conscious of my potential audience when I'm doing things like picking out a cover. I know women will grab a book with a masculine cover but men, on the other hand, are less likely to go for anything that looks too 'girly'. It's kind of sad that we even need to have this discussion in 20-fucking-18 but chances are things aren't going to change anytime soon. 🤭
And so, when I pick out my covers, I think about this kind of thing. When I'm writing my synopsis, I think about this kind of thing. When I create my characters, I think about this kind of thing. I like to believe that all my books are potentially appealing to both men and women.
In fairness, I make sure all my characters are strong (or become stronger within the book) because I really don't like 'soft' characters, regardless of their sex. There's nothing appealing about a male or female protagonist that whines, cries and complains all the time (God knows we have enough of those people in the real world, why read about them too? 🤭) or is simply too soft. Honestly, I don't think this appeals to anyone.
The truth is that I often feel, that as a women writer, I am kind of judged and therefore maybe work a bit harder to show that I can play with the boys. No one could ever accuse me of having 'girly' books but even if I did, should I be ashamed of it? Should any female writer?
Author of Fire, A Spark before the Fire and The Rock Star of Vampires, Her Name is Mariah, Different Shades of the Same Color, We're All Animals, Always be a Wolf, The Devil is Smooth Like Honey, A Devil Named Hernandez and And The Devil Will Laugh. All are available at Amazon, Chapters, iTunes or most online retailers. Check it out at www.mimaonfire.com.