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OffbeatMore Than 80 Percent of the Most Popular Novels Are Written by Men

11:26  09 february  2019
11:26  09 february  2019 Source:   mentalfloss.com

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How many were written by women? According to one survey by Ranker, men named one book by a Over 80 percent of the 100 most popular novels were written by male authors, according His unprecedented celebrity made him the most popular novelist of his century, and since then Charles

If you look at the gray line, you can see that women rate a whopping 80 percent of men as worse-looking than medium. With basic ratings so off-kilter, the two curves suggests some unique interpretations of the female thought process. The most striking one is that the average-looking

More Than 80 Percent of the Most Popular Novels Are Written by Men© iStock.com/rihard_wolfram More Than 80 Percent of the Most Popular Novels Are Written by Men

What do The Great Gatsby, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Of Mice and Men, and The Lord of the Rings all have in common? Sure, they’re among America’s most popular fiction books, but they also happen to be written by men. Over 80 percent of the 100 most popular novels were written by male authors, according to an interactive infographic created by Wordery.

Using data from Ranker on the best books (as voted on by users), Wordery broke the picks down by male and female authors, as well as the books preferred by male and female readers. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien was the second most-popular book overall, followed by George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, then Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

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Wilkie Collins’s masterpiece, hailed by many as the greatest English detective novel , is a brilliant marriage of the sensational and the realistic. One of the greatest of great American novels , this study of a family torn apart by poverty and desperation in the Great Depression shocked US society.

Writers are told to " write what you know," so perhaps it would follow that men write more books about men than about women But 20 of the top 50 classics by men are more than 80 % "he." I ran the same test on the English-language novels that are most popular in American high school classrooms.

If there’s any silver lining, it’s the fact that Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is the most popular book overall. Among women voters, it was the top choice. Among men, it came in second after Nineteen Eighty-Four. Lee’s classic tale was also named America’s Favorite Novel following a nationwide survey last October.

Other female-authored books to make Wordery’s list include Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and several of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels. However, this contingent is still in the minority. A study from 2018 found that three of the leading literary publications devoted less than 40 percent of their coverage to women authors the previous year. Another analysis from last year found that female authors and female characters in literature both steadily declined from the Victorian era to the mid-20th century.

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Before he started writing , he embarked on a period of research, reading novels by popular female crime writers , and made While exact numbers are hard to source, women readers have come to dominate fiction, where they’re widely touted as representing as much as 80 percent of the market.

Like so many questions argued abstractly, experience has proven the fears misplaced. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, about 50 percent of That 50 percent is often quoted and it is probably on the high side, but it is illuminating that 80 percent of the divorces are filed by the wife.

On the bright side, progress has been made in recent years, and female authors dominated the bestseller lists in 2017—at least in the UK. If you’re looking to make your reading list a little more gender-balanced, check out our list of 25 amazing books by women authors.

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