Once again: Men write classics, women write junk

Get our your shovels, ladies. There’s some deep manly stuff to wade through, here. Whereas we girl writers produce mere romance novels, Nick Sparks writes timeless melodrama (as described by a fellow man,) which can be weighed in classic terms using intellectual big words and all. Don’t eat a big meal before you read this.

About Deborah Smith

Author, publisher, partner and V.P. of BelleBooks and Bell Bridge Books NYT bestseller A PLACE TO CALL HOME, Wall Street Journal and Kindle bestseller THE CROSSROADS CAFE, also When Venus Fell, Silk and Stone, Charming Grace, and many others.
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3 Responses to Once again: Men write classics, women write junk

  1. Skye-writer says:

    Regarding the title of this post – what about Margaret Mitchell. Are we to understand that Gone with the Wind is not a classic?


    • Setting aside what reviewers think of GWTW’s celebration of the plantation-era South, slavery, etc., (a whole ‘nother debate,) a lot of the book elite *don’t* see it as real lit-tra-ture. They consider it a sugary historical romance. I’ve heard them describe it that way, while recommending that readers instead pick up obscure Civil War novels with better pedigrees, book-snob wise. Mostly novels written by men.


  2. bellwriter says:

    I would submit that the only thing that separates Nicholas Spark and romance author is that sometime toward the end he takes a wonderful story, rips out the guts and the hearts of viewers/readers and ends it with an unhappily ever after. No thanks.


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