New Twitter game hilariously shames bad male authors

By April 5, 2018Authors, Literature

A new Twitter game has taken the internet by storm!

Many women have noticed how female characters can be so badly written, especially by men. It is almost as if those male writers don’t see women as people, with complex personalities and 3-dimensional lives. The strange and often nonsensical over-description of women’s bodies  can be most irritating, and when a male writer has a female character narrating, it often becomes embarrassing for everyone involved.

Writer Gwen C. Katz noticed this happening again and again until one day, when faced with yet another ridiculous passage in a book she had begun reading, she tweeted a snippet from the book.

The discussion that followed prompted her fellow women readers and writers on Twitter to join in a game… Describe yourself as a male writer would. 

The passage reads

“I sauntered over, certain he noticed me. I’m hard to miss, I’d like to think—a little tall (but not too tall), a nice set of curves if I do say so myself, pants so impossibly tight that if I had had a credit card in my back pocket you could read the expiration date. The rest of my outfit wasn’t that remarkable, just a few old things I had lying around. You know how it is.”

How anyone can think that that’s how women would narrate their lives is beyond me. Has this author even met a woman before?

Personally I think the phrase ‘if I do say so myself’ should be banned. Permanently. If you can’t write without cliched nonsense then perhaps you shouldn’t bother?

Some men on Twitter were just scared to write a fellow human for some reason

Let us know your thoughts on this Twitter game, Reading Addicts!

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Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men and Little Miss series have recently had the same treatment where Little Miss Lucky has her Hen Night, Mr Grumpy tackles fatherhood, Little Miss Shy tries her hand at online dating, Mr Greedy has a go at getting fit, and poor Mr Happy has to go to his office party.

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This infographic on famous book covers from Invaluable shows some of the most impressive, iconic book covers and the designers who brought them to life. From Brave New World to The Great Gatsby, see if you can recognize these fantastically designed covers. Read More

Stephen King Offers Free Short Story

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Recently King has offered one of his short stories for free online. The story is Laurie and follows a man and his journey through the late stages of grief and a beautiful gift his sister gives him to help him through his pain. In typical King style it is richly written, with a story that sucks you straight in (no spoilers).

Follow the link below to read the free short story for yourself.

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Hilariously Unfortunate Library Label Placements

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Library labels and book store stickers are often placed randomly by an overworked and underpaid assistant… It is understandable, therefore, that occasionally the sticker hits the wrong spot and makes for a shocking change in title.

Or perhaps some of these are placed purposefully to make a customer giggle or blush… Take a look for yourself and let us know what your think.

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