When JK Rowling first published her book, it was with her initials and last name.
Her publisher Bloomsbury feared that the target audience of young boys might be reluctant to buy books written by a female author, and requested that she use two initials, rather than reveal her first name.
I’m just curious. Does gender really influence your decision to buy or read a book/manga? Personally I don’t even take note of the creator’s name or gender until I’ve read the book and decide I like the style.
Perhaps it’s in the different way both genders tell their story. There are certain stylistics that characterizes a male or female creator. What I’m curious is this however, do male creators sell better than female creators? Do you feel more drawn to books that are done by a male creator?
Checking out the list of female authors who wrote under a male or gender-neutral pseudonym, it would seem that this is true. What do you guys think? Joanna Scott thinks women writers can’t be compared to men writers as they defy all categories.
JK Rowling’s books were meant for boys but I’ve seen adults (and girls) reading Harry Potter on the MRT and till this day, her book sales are ever rising, despite the fact that she is a woman. So does it really matter at all? Shouldn’t the writing/drawing/story-telling style be more of the deciding factor rather than the gender of the writer? =x
Oh wells, do share your thoughts with me. =3
And if you’re curious about whether your writing style is that of male or female? Try the Gender Genie. =3
According to the test, I’m a male writer. Heh.
PS for added reading: Can Female Novelists Write From a Male Viewpoint?