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Simon Thomas

Great idea - off to do it now!


Well done, Simon!

Dark Puss

I started it but did not finish. I do not think it is at all well constructed. What is Womens Fiction and if that exists, which some might believe, surely there should be Mens Fiction as a possibility too? Under non-fiction options almost none of the genre I read are options etc.

Sorry but I just stopped after having to leave several sections blank.

Dark Puss

Do let us know what you think, see my negative comment below which may be misinformed of course; I am no expert.


Women's Fiction (for all that the label is open to unhelpful interpretation or existential criticism) is a long-established genre, often discussed on these pages and many others. I have never come across a male equivalent or the call for it, though they may of course exist.
You would have found, had you gone on, that there is space for you to add comments on the survey, or further information you feel is relevant, and you can also put yourself forward for interview about your reading.
As to the construction generally, I imagine the ladies designed the questions with a view to acquiring information that would be of general interest but also specifically helpful to them in their own writing and the marketing of their books. I don't think the survey set out to be all things to all men.

Dark Puss

Thank you very much for your comment. I didn't feel I could usefully go on with so many sections left blank, however if you think the creators of the questionnaire might find any of my suggestions helpful then I will try to find time to do so. As for Mens fiction (which indeed does not appear as a genre),I guess I was probably thinking of a sub-genre of books of which Andy McNab's tomes might be an exemplar. Probably not a useful "genre" on reflection.

Desperate Reader

I don't know why we don't talk about men's fiction in the same way we do women's fiction, but books like those by Andy McNab are surely primarily intended for, and certainly marketed specifically to, men. I'm wondering now why aren't they considered a genre.


Yes, it's an interesting question.


That is me done! I look forward to seeing the results when they are finished. Thank you for the link.


You're welcome. I'm looking forward to seeing the results too.

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