I’m off to lovely Cambridge this Sunday to see a certain Mr Savidge Reads discuss the potentially contentious question…
Why don’t men read books by women? (and does it matter that they don’t?)
He’s in fabulous bookish company too with Persephone Books founder Nicola Beauman on the panel. Other speakers at the Women’s Word event also include Jil Paton Walsh and P.D. James, and one my favourite crime writers, Sophie Hannah will be there too.
If you’re interested in the event and would like to come along it would be great to see you. You can find details of Women’s Word here and see the panel members for the discussion of Why don’t men read books by women? here (you do need a ticket btw).
I’ve recently been pondering the fact that as a women I do like to read books by men, precisely because I enjoy the different perspective (favourite authors include Oscar Wilde, Truman Capote, Fydor Dostoyevsky and Ian McEwan). If we assume that there is truth in the question posed, why wouldn’t men be interested in understanding the female brain better? Of course, that’s if you assume that there is truth in the question!
You could postulate for example that behaviour depends on the category of reader. When it comes to very popular fiction you could generalise that many women prefer chick-lit (mainly a female domain) and men prefer thrillers (where there is quite alot of female representation) and sci-fi / fantasy novels. These are very broad statements of course and I’m interested to find out what the assumptions are based on being someone who likes my arguments nicely backed up with evidence!
I’m also curious to see how many men there will be at this event to grill the panel as I’m anticipating that participation at this event would naturally be biased towards the fairer sex.
In the meantime I’ll have to think up some interesting questions to pose to the panel. Anyone have any good ideas?