Friday, June 09, 2006
The Univeristy of London surveyed 500 men and women to find their favorite fiction books. Surprising to none, men like angst, women like relationship stories. Men's number one is The Outsider (published in America as The Stranger), and women's number one is Jane Eyre. Camus versus Bronte. I'm not a big fan of Camus, but I've read several of his books, while I've never been able to get past the second or third page of a Bronte sister's book.
Is it a bad thing that I've read twice as many books from the men's top twenty and the women's? (Though there is some overlap - Catch 22, The Heart of Darkness, and To Kill a Mockingbird).
Reason tries to figure out why we read fiction. It's a complex topic for a simple article, but they do cite some interesting sounding books.