Writers, Please Write Whatever the Hell You Want

Simply wonderful.

Would you accept female narrative from this man? Would you accept female narrative from this man?

In an interview with Vice about his upcoming Young Adult fiction novel, The Alex Crow, author Andrew Smith told interviewer Hugh Ryan that he considers himself, “completely ignorant to all things woman and female.”  Ryan had pointed out that Smith’s books contained little for female readers; “Where are all the women in your work?” he asked.

Ryan’s answer may seem innocuous but it ignited cries of sexism from many in the book world, including author Tessa Gratton and Derek Attig at BookRiot.  So many people attacked Andrew Smith on Twitter that he deleted his account (which naturally led to cries of cowardice).

Let’s set aside the question’s implication that female readers don’t like Andrew Smith’s books.  Better yet, let’s refute it instead.  Women buy his work at Books & Books.  The fans who come to his events are mostly teenage girls…

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