I admit it, I’m a little sexist when it comes to authors. I don’t know why, I just seem to enjoy male authors work more and this has even extended to me being slightly put off buying books by female authors. Of course I’m not always impressed with male author’s books either. I enjoy books, but I actually only have two favourite authors (both male).
So, I was delighted to find The Naipaul test: Can you tell an author’s sex? on guardian.co.uk. Am I really author sexist? I thought I’d better find out. See if I can really tell the different in their writing, or I am just sticking with what I’m familiar with after growing up on authors like Roald Dahl?
As it turns out, I got 8 out of a possible 10 on this little quiz and I still prefer male writers. To me, the vast majority of can be distinguished by the writing styles.
I guess I am author sexist after all. Are you?