PB asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 2 weeks ago

Why do people believe that every author who writes romantically is a female, while most romantic authors were male?

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  • 2 weeks ago

    Many guys used pen names (women's names) for them.

  • Andrew
    Lv 7
    2 weeks ago

    Who are these people that you're asking about? Are they the same idiots that insist that Einstein was terrible at math? Or the ones that think that the Great Wall is visible from orbit? Or the ones who believe that the whole "left brain/right brain" thing is real? People who know about the romance genre know that the wide majority of authors use a pen name, and many use more than one. It's not at all unheard of for women to use a man's name - that's something women have been doing for centuries, and there are examples of men using a woman's name as well. People who automatically assume that all romance authors are female arrive at that conclusion by the false logic that because most of the people who read romance are women, that only a woman might know how to appeal to them and give them what they want. It's patently absurd. And "writing romantically", if there is such a thing to begin with, is quite a different thing altogether from being "an author who writes romance." I could write "mysteriously" and the subject matter wouldn't necessarily be categorised as "mystery", but rather the mystery could be what the feck I was on about. 

  • Marli
    Lv 7
    2 weeks ago

    I noted your change of tense from present to past.

    We assume that every novelist who writes (present tense) romantically is female because most romance novels (aka love stories) have women's names on the covers. Women buy more love stories right now; but man to man romances might change the demographic. As men are coming out of the love story closet, their names on the book covers are apparent.

    But "romance" was not exclusively a love story in English until Mills & Boon /Harlequin launched their romance novel lines in the mid-20th century.

    Before then, adventure and mystery stories were called "romance literature" The adventure story "Ivanhoe" by Walter Scott and was referred to as "historical romance" when originally reviewed.

    "In the strictest academic terms, a romance is a narrative genre in literature that involves a mysterious, adventurous, or spiritual story line where the focus is on a quest that involves bravery and strong values, not always a love interest."

    Source(s): http://literaryterms.net > romance
  • Mark
    Lv 6
    2 weeks ago

    Where do you get that statistic?  If you are referring to authors before the 20th century, understand that the publishing industry often wouldn't publish women authors or made them take pseudonyms.  It took the success of Jane Austin,  Louisa May Alcott, et al.to convince them it was profitable.  In the modern romance era, from the late 70s onward, the majority of Romance writers are female and in a turn, male writers often took pseudonyms (Jennifer Wilde for example). 

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