linked to this article/speech. It was fascinating to me because it talks about people, guys in particular, with regard to their reading of fiction. And how they, as manly men, sometimes tend to want to hide or discount their desire for fantastical fiction that's full of imagination. They may feel it's beneath them, or too frivolous or not worth their time.
At first you may think, wait, what? Guys are just as imaginative as the next person! Look at the wonderful imaginations of all the wonderful writers out there, who are male. And look at the major demographic who goes to, say for instance, Brandon Sanderson's book signings. Lots and lots of guys.
But at the same time, isn't it interesting that I've had this very conversation regarding fiction and its merits with people in my family. Once I was asked, by a guy in my family, "why should I read fiction? You don't learn anything!" Whoa, did that get me going!
In fact my husband and son both will come to me for their next book selection and request, "I want something real." Which is fine and all good, but it makes me wonder if they ever enjoy the fiction that they DO read. Or are they sort of suffering through it.
Then there's the hard evidence of our book blogging world where male book bloggers make up a very small minority. (I love it when I find an awesome guy book blog to read! Their different perspective is refreshing.) Perhaps it's because guys aren't so much into blogging...but then again perhaps it IS because they aren't so much into reading... especially fiction.
I don't know. What do you think? I just found the whole discussion fascinating and have been dying to throw it out here and see what you all thought about it! Do you see people in your life, guys especially who poo poo fiction and fantasy? Or is it completely the opposite in your experience? Are guys the biggest consumers of this genre? Imagination vs. guys vs. fiction vs fantasy. What's the real scoop?