5/4/11

What type of persons read.....

I was out of town last week and while I was at the airport I saw a rather attractive man reading  an Urban Fantasy book by Jennifer Estep.   What struck me as amusing about the whole situation was a group of teen males probably around 15 or 16, they were snickering and making comments about the man and his shall we put it politely and say "preferences".
You see one of the males 'mom' reads that type of book and it's a girly book.  Of course me being me had to chime in with -  " What makes you say its a girly book?  Its filled with death, mayhem, violence,  a heroine that wear's leather while kicking ass and making killer BBQ!"     His response - its got a girl on the cover and my MOM reads them.   I laughed at that and said, "It's probably better that you don't read it.  I am not sure you could handle the spider, she'd probably kick your ass!"  As I walked away from them I can't be sure but I think I heard someone say, "Do you think your mom will let me borrow one of those books?"    LOL

So that brings me to the whole point of this post - what type of person reads Paranormal, Urban Fantasy and Science Fiction?   Personally, I think its one kind of person and before anyone gets all testy hear me out.    The kind of person that has an open mind, likes to be challenged and doesn't mind those weird looks on the train when they see the cover of your book and make a judgement.  Bottom line it's anybody and everybody.  Their I said it... there really is no 'type' of person that reads a particular book.  Trust me at first glance I probably don't look like a PN/UF/SFR junkie ... I'm too bubbly (or at least that is what everyone says!)

2 comments:

Joy Ann Ball said...

Hi there! Just found you and now I'm following! There seems to be a wide range of people that read SF/F/PR but I would be curious to see the actual stats on it. I would bet the sub genres vary too. Paranormal Romance would garner a mostly female audience. SF might be split more but it seems as though that appeals to more men. Urban Fantasy might be more women but I know men read them. High fantasy though I think is a split. Maybe tending towards the testosterone side by a hair.

I don't know this is just the way it "feels" to me...

I loved your comment. The Spider could definitely kick their asses!

Joy Ann Ball said...

I should clarify. I don't think there is any "type" of person that reads a particular book either, but I do think that there is gender typing going on, stereotypically speaking. There will always be those that break the trend. ;)