Good morning Saloners! Today finds me trapped at home due to our car breaking down (again) so I’m hoping to get a lot of those irritating practical tasks at home over with. Namely, lots of cleaning and filing are in my future. These things both need to happen, but I’m particularly annoyed because I’d planned to do lots of cooking this weekend, and I really do feel like cooking for once! I have a pumpkin and I really want to make pumpkin pie – hopefully we’ll be able to get the rest of the ingredients tomorrow after the car’s fixed, but it’s not quite as fun to cook after a long day at work.
On the bright side, because we’ve now gone back to standard GMT, I’ve gained an hour today to get my chores done, and I’m awake at the alarming hour of 7 am on a weekend.
Plus, I bought a couple of books yesterday, and I’m now immersed in the Dresden Files series. I really enjoyed the first book (the books I bought were the next two in the series) but I’m reflecting on the difference in the way books of the same type are treated based on whether the main character is male or female. For example, it seems that the Mercy Thompson, Kate Daniels, or October Daye series that I love so much are purely marketed at women (just looking at reviews reveals the differences. All the top reviewers I can identify on Amazon for these three are women, no male names in sight, while the Dresden book has obvious men and women), and they often get placed under “paranormal romance” even when the books themselves contain no overt romance. They were in the bookstore I was just in yesterday. In fact, I don’t think any of the first books of those series have much romance in them beyond a date. I caught the same whiff of romance in this book, if I’m right anyway, and yet they are firmly fantasy, in a different section, even though all of the books are mainly mysteries set in the modern day world with fantasy. If you like one, you’ll probably like the others. So why don’t men seem to be reading them in large numbers too?
We’ll see as the series goes along, as I’m making a quick judgement here – but to me they should be all in the same urban fantasy genre, whether you consider that a subset of paranormal romance or standard fantasy, not classified differently just because a woman is the main character. Don’t get me wrong – I like paranormal romance – it just seems like, as usual, fantastic books are judged differently because of a difference in main character gender. Plus, it’s just wrong; I’d be disappointed if I bought a book in the romance section only to discover I actually got a mystery with very little romance at all. I can’t imagine someone looking for a romance to be happy with Magic Bites unless they stuck around for a good long while – and I suspect Harry will get himself a romance if I stick with the Dresden Files long enough too.
If other differences pop up, I’m happy to revise my opinion, but just seeing them in separate sections raised my ire yesterday. I think I’ll return to this once I’ve read more of the series.
Wishing you all a fantastic Sunday and a start to November!