Soooo, how about that latest October Daye book? I'm thinking it's time for a series-reread, particularly given new revelations. I need to go back and look for the hints that I know were there the whole time.
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I'm halfway through the first book and our main character justNot quite what happens. He merely learns how to be a god of sex from the fairy queen taking him as a concubine in a secret sex pocket dimension for like a year, then he stays with a town of european flavored ninjas where he gets to use his sex skills for good sex while they train him as a ninja and he gets to scoff at how they don't believe sex leads to pregnancy.
Are women underrepresented in the genre? I feel like most fantasy books I read are by women.
If that's true I think it's a relatively recent development.
I can't help but note that was from 5 years ago: I genuinely just went down the list of all the books in my reader app, and accounting for series' the number of women authors to men is 5:1, which is a number that seems preposterous even when I already thought I mostly read women. I will say something I noticed though, is of the women authors about 3/5 of them go by initials. I wonder if the perspective that there are no women authors writing fantasy leads to them going by initials leads to the perception. Granted, I don't follow the Hugo or awards or whatever, but I only hear about books based on word of mouth and reviews/attention.Yes to Nodal, and WOW NO to Paul.
The actual number of female to male authors in the fantasy genre is pretty close to 50/50, that's true. But look at the authors who are critically acclaimed, get more marketing, get paid more, get more reviews/attention, even. Hell, just look at history of Hugo Award and Astounding (nee John C. Campbell) Award winners.
Here's a really good thread discussing the subject.
This is basically what I was getting at. A majority of the stuff that was historically the most spotlighted was by men, and if that's not true of present works it's a shift that feels like it happened more recently. There have always been women writing and reading fantasy, but they often struggled to find widespread recognition even compared to more popular but less good stuff by men. Lately, a lot of really popular and important fantasy work has been by women, which may signal a shift in the more popular/recognized stuff.Women have won 8 of the last 10 Hugos and 8 of the last 10 Nebulas for best novel. Historically there's a gender imbalance but I think women authors are doing okay.