Why Are Female Fantasy Authors Pushed To The Back Of The Bus?

This blog posting by Leona Henry, on female authors in Fantasy literature, is definitely worth reading.

Leona's Blog of Shadows

There was an interesting thread on reddit /r/Fantasy

where I learned some rather disturbing facts about the publishing industry. The person who opened the thread was wondering why women prefer writing teen romance centered Urban Fantasy and YA Fantasy and why there are too few female epic fantasy authors.

I have to shamefully admit I had the same misconception myself since this is the pattern I see in the best seller lists, book blogs and the word on the street. Big shot female authors who write fantasy write YA and UF centered on romance. Hardly any female names pop up in epic fantasy category. There is Robin Hobb, but she is where she is today because Robin Hobb is a gender neutral pseudonym. I had no idea she was a woman until last year. I know I am not alone in this, I talked to a number of her readers who thought she was…

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4 thoughts on “Why Are Female Fantasy Authors Pushed To The Back Of The Bus?

  1. Thanks for the reblog! This remains a serious problem with the publishing industry and I believe we have to fight rather than conform.

      • Janny Wurts said thinsg turned for the worse with the new trends started by Twilight… All that progress from Ursula K. Le Guin’s time has been lost, it seems. For whatever it’s worth, I will light candle, even just one little candle is still better than the dark.

      • I saw Janny Wurts’ comments on Reddit, and I’m sorry the pendulum has swung back so far. It seemed like there was real progress in the 1990s, with authors like Wurts and McCaffrey finding real mainstream success. Hopefully, the pendulum will swing back towards equality again.

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