For my money, I think the reason why I’m often drawn to “men’s” books these days is because of the intelligence factor.
Ah…WTF? I mean, really, WTF?
I’m…I’m stunned speechless!
She goes on to say:
Sadly, I just don’t see the same amount of brainpower in the female-penned novels available today, especially in the softer subgenres like romance and chick lit, where characters are often too busy being neurotic and meet-cute-ish and marveling at the size of their partner’s appendages (“Well, lordy, I jus’ never seen one soooo big!”) to actually seem realistic and intelligent.
That sound you hear is me screaming all the way from Singapore. I’m sorry, but I spent an hour editing what I originally typed to comment into the namby pamby shit that I finally posted, and the stress has to be let out somehow.
She’s generalizing! It’s exactly the kind of thing people who think romance is formulaic would say. I cannot believe that she’s an ex-managing editor for the Romantic Times.
But if you’re looking for books like those written by Lee Child or Jeffrey Deaver, then frankly a lot of romance and women’s fiction isn’t it. That doesn’t make books by Child or Deaver relatively more intelligent, it just means that they are more suited to your taste.
Moreover, there are going to be ‘dumb’ books in every genre.
You simply can’t draw generalizations across the board like this! It’s apples and oranges.