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Re: Who's a better writer, men or women?

Post by Lest92 » 24 Jun 2017, 04:27

Writing and storytelling talent is what makes one a good writer, not gender.

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Post by shish_by_design » 24 Jun 2017, 09:04

This might be weird, considering that I'm a woman but I've come to realise that women do excel mainly in romantic genres, with the exception of a few like J.K. Rowling. Mostly men writers are good executioners of thrillers and all of the other genres
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Post by Naval Aulakh » 08 Jul 2017, 07:25

It can never be said that who is better from men and women. Talent and the quality of work matters. We have very talented men as well as women writers and there is no competition among them.
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Post by qsusan » 04 Mar 2018, 21:54

I think both men and women are good writers. Gender does not play a role in determining the skill of the writer. However, I do admit that there are a lot of low quality novels written by women in the romance and erotic genres. Still, there are many female writers with great romance novels.
In the other genres, I have not yet had any reason to note the gender of the author as it generally has no bearing on the book's quality though it may affect the writing style.

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Post by Graceia » 05 Mar 2018, 09:20

I would not want to peg writing to gender because I believe those who choose to write, put in their all. Sometimes, the all could be disappointing but the authors are better placed than those unable to put the flow of thoughts to paper.
I choose books to read based on titles and not authors. However, it just happens that most of the books I read are mostly written by men. This is not to say that women are lesser writers or men greater writers.

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Post by DesireeRose » 05 Mar 2018, 11:45

I believe it depends on the talents of the individual...not really on the gender. Of course, often times women will be better and writing certain things than men, such as romances, and men may tend to be better at writing horror, for example. However, that is simply based off of stereotypes, and anyone can be good at writing anything. It all depends on personality, talent, and experience.

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Post by VictoriaMcMillen » 06 Mar 2018, 14:39

You know, I have never really thought of this until you posed the question... looking at my bookshelves and recalling the books that I have read over time. I suppose I have read from more female authors then males in my time. Also that the first interesting book I had read growing up was also a female author that went on to write several in a series and became remarkably successful, J. K. Rowling. I believe women are caretakers and they really tend to think a great deal about what they are doing and take great care in making sure things make sense or play out right. Men are highly-capable and good writers too though!

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Post by SparklesonPages » 07 Mar 2018, 01:23

There are excellent writers that tell their tales and you forget everything about them(the author). In those pages, the only thing you know is the story being told. Those are the greats and they can be of any gender and span all genres.

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Post by KRay93 » 11 Mar 2018, 09:37

It seems a bit silly to me wanting to distinguish between men and women when it comes to writing. This should be a matter of talent, ability and even commitment; there's no such thing as distinguishing by gender in these cases. Of course, there are certain cultural and educational factors when it comes to discerning literary genres; it is likely that in most cases women are more natural to write romance or books for children, while men might be prone to write thrillers and action. We must also consider the progress of women in terms of social recognition; women have gained territory in fantasy, for instance, although it still seems that science fiction (unlike the speculative one) proves a difficult field for them to conquer.

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Post by GabbiV » 11 Mar 2018, 20:34

I think that before discussing general differences that may or may not be there, it should be said that historically women have been silenced so there is overall less material to take into account on their part.

That said, Mary Shelley invented science fiction so my respect for like authors tends to lean accordingly.

I can't say I'm particularly well-read but I don't think I can say that there are any discernable differences amongst authors unless the comparison is one on one.

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Post by JodyVamp » 14 Mar 2018, 18:44

Judging by my on library, I'd have to say both. I've read amazing and terrible books by both sexes and had disappointments from series I used to love by both. Yes, there are a lot of women that write romance which I personally can't stand, but I've known of men that excel in the area. There are also several women that I've come across in comedy and thriller genres that I prefer. It's really a matter of skill and original ideas, which anyone can have.

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Post by [kp] » 15 Mar 2018, 14:37

I know a ton of men who write romance under a female pen name. Unfortunately when it comes to the romance/erotica genre, it holds true as female dominated. Sci Fi is dominated by men. The reason JK Rowling used initials instead of her given name was not mistake - it was done so that a woman's story would be taken seriously.

Women have struggled in the writing world because for a long time, women couldn't get published because they were, well, women. Those few that did were either well connected or allowed to publish poetry predominantly.

Personally, as a writer, I tend to lean more toward male dominated stereotypes (action, horror, thriller, sci fi, and lean far away from the emotional side). It doesn't make me a better or worse writer.

I feel like this question should have been: "Which is better, a good writer or a bad writer?" Because that is a question that, while still extremely subjective, can at least be quantified with more calculated reasoning.

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Post by Mr Benji » 17 Mar 2018, 15:26

I think to be fair to both sides, the statistics of award winning books or popular writings should viewed.I guess you would expect more men than women.
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Post by mamalui » 22 Mar 2018, 11:18

Sorry ladies! I think men are better authors than women. To me men have a wider outlook on things than women so make for better authors than women any day..
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Post by Aituaje » 26 Mar 2018, 10:07

Based on my reading experience, women tend to be better at describing relationships and telling stories -- they are more likely to write very plot driven books that can be easily summarised in a few sentences. Men, on the other hand, tend to be better at writing about the environment; building worlds, writing about travels and adventures, etc.

As for which is a better writer, that would depend on the interest of the reader. For me, I'm more interested in adventures and fantasy worlds and the like, so I tend to gravitate towards male authors. But if I want to read something cozy, then I'll probably look among female authors.

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