I’ve come across this story a number of times and it’s induced nothing more than a giant eye-roll. Jesus Christ, do you have nothing else to complain about?
Maureen Johnson put out a call for the covers on books written by men to be restyled as if women had written them. She got entries like this:
You can see the whole slideshow in the link above.
Today in the Daily Mail, children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson added her voice to the conversation, calling for an end to sexist book covers which promote their novels as ‘girly’ in order to boost sales regardless of the plot.
Hmmm. Interesting. If we start with the assumption that publishing is NOT a dastardly plot by the patriarchy to make certain women writers have sissified book covers that oppress them, but rather a BUSINESS that sells books to willing customers for PROFIT, then the only question we need to ask is DOES IT WORK?
If pansy-assed, fruity, swirly “ladies all be retards” covers DID NOT sell books, publishers wouldn’t use them! It’s really that simple. The covers that grace books written by women are chosen because THOSE ARE THE COVERS THAT ATTRACT BUYERS.
It’s completely ridiculous to even contemplate the idea that publishers are deliberately excluding part of their market because SEXISM. If there was a good chance men would buy the books written by women, publishers would be all over it. Money is money.
The reason book covers on books written by women are designed to attract women buyers is because….
Oh here’s the ugly truth….
Get ready to pout…..
Most books written by women suck!
Women don’t care. Men do. As I have argued before, when women of extraordinary genius are born, the culture almost always makes room for them to rise to the top.
That includes literary genius. Of course there are women who write extraordinary books. There are women who write even pretty good books. But most women’s writing? You can give that shit a pass and know you won’t have missed much.
Books written by women that are actually GOOD books will attract male readers. Publishers know that. And book covers will reflect that.
This lady is an outstanding writer who captures both male and female imaginations:
Here is the cover for Oryx and Crake. A fabulous book, by the way.
The covers for Pulitzer Prize winning female authors:
No girly bullshit here. These are award-winning writers, which is not the same thing as best-selling authors. What are the best-selling books amongst women?
Hey, check out this infographic:
I’ll draw you attention specifically to the popularity of genres by gender:
Men, in order of preference: historical, literature, sci-fi, self-help, religion.
I’m guessing the self-help category includes business books.
Women, in order of preference: romance (by a wide margin), literature, adult (sluts love their porn!), cookbooks and self-help.
Aaaaaaand here are the covers for the top three best-selling romance novels at Amazon.com:
Women make up 91 percent of romance book buyers, and men make up 9 percent.
The whole project Maureen started is just so fucking dumb: WOMEN are the ones who demand the idiotic covers! They are designed to appeal to women! They are generally only found on stupid books written by WOMEN for other women.
Yes, you can judge a book by its cover.
This one is literature. The cover is designed to appeal to both men and women. And it does.
“I have packed myself into silence so deeply and for so long that I can never unpack myself using words. When I speak, I only pack myself a little differently.”
This one is a piece of shit and only women are gonna buy it.
”…he could feel the dampness between her legs just from where they pressed together like Twinkies inside their cellophane wrapper”.
I for one, would like to THANK publishers for making it easy to avoid really crappy books. If it’s written by a woman, chances are it sucks. If it’s written by a woman and it has a cover like this, you KNOW IT SUCKS.
Book covers. Consider them fair warnings.
Lots of love,