Here's today's Monday Musings (for the complete question, see Should Be Reading):
I recently read an article (here) that I found through BiblioAddict's blog that talked of "why women read more than men." In it, author Ian McEwan is quoted as saying: "When women stop reading, the novel will be dead." Do you believe this to be true? Why or why not?
No, not true at all. Most of the men I know read novels. I've discovered many good novels of all genres through recommendations from men.
The article goes on to say:
That may be true, but the growth of audiobooks has increased. I wonder what the numbers are when audiobooks and ebooks are counted.
One thing is certain: Americans--for either gender--are reading fewer books today than in the past.
And then there is this:
Among avid readers surveyed by the AP, the typical woman read nine books in a year, compared with only five for men.As others doing this musing said, I would hardly call the people surveyed avid readers. I, too, wonder about the survey population and who defined the word avid.
The article goes on to discuss theories of why women read more fiction than men. I really don't believe that men are less emotionally capable of engaging with fiction than are women.
I'd be curious to see the gender breakdown for authors of fiction. If men are so incapable of relating to fiction, why are there so many male authors?