|Horrors! Some of these were written by women!|
|Do not mess with Jane.|
|Thanks, initials! No one will ever suspect she's a woman!|
In thinking about this phenomenon, I started to wonder whether urban fantasy readers have shown themselves to be less hung up on author gender than Vaipaul and others seem to be. Consider the urban fantasy books that you'll find side-by-side on the bookshelves: Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series, Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series, Kelly Amstrong's Otherworld series, Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series, Lilith Saintcrow's Dante Valentine series, Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series, Stacia Kane's Chess Putnam series and Jennifer Rardin's Jaz Parks series all share shelf space with urban fantasy powerhouses Jim Butcher, Simon R. Green, Richard Kadrey and Mike Carey. And this is only skimming off the top of a deep pool of talented authors of both genders. In how many other genres do you see such gender parity?
|Note the mingling of genders.|
|Major gender drama: She's Team Eric, he's Team Bill.*|
And as for VA Naipaul and his pathetic views on women authors, just put him out of your mind. We should pay no attention to sad old fools who denigrate the works of those who hold up half the sky. We should, however, pity him for all the fine literature he's missing by omitting the works of female authors from his reading list.
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