Can You Identify The Author?


In a fantastic series of fiction posts on her blog, author Teresa Frohock performed a really interesting experiment, to see if readers can identify author gender by the writing.

“Innovative and fun with some cool results.” ~The Founding Fields

Ever since I read Miserere: An Autumn’s Tale last year, Teresa’s 2011 debut novel from Nightshade Books, I’ve been following her progress quite closely. She is a fantastic author and Miserere was just spectacular.

Recently, Teresa undertook a project on her blog, wherein she posted a piece of flash fiction for several consecutive days. These pieces were all written by a variety of authors using pseudonyms instead of their real names. The purpose of this project was to see if readers can/cannot identify the gender of an author by their writing alone (and of course, the pseudonym).

Well, the results are now up, and you can read them here. The analysis is provided by author Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorns, King of Thorns).

Enjoy the read! I thought the results were really interesting on a case-by-case basis, as well as in general when considered in totality. Of course, this is only a small sampling of audience and authors alike, but I think that the whole endeavour was fabulous and puts some things into perspective, such as people’s biases for/against authors of either gender.

Now, if some of the big name authors, say Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Neil Gaiman, etc would do the same, I think that would be a huge step-up.

You can find my review of Miserere here.

Shadowhawk is a regular contributor to TFF. A resident of Dubai, Shadowhawk reads, reads and reads. His opinions are always clear and concise. His articles always worth reading.

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