The More Science-y Bits of Literature

science memeOkay, so it’s not exactly science, but it’s more the math and me wanting to do more for my Gender Literature Theory than simply show you pictures with little flags in books.

I’m currently re-reading Twilight, by Stephanie Meyers, in my quest to provide concrete evidence to a theory that there are themes associated with literature that would attract one sex or the other. Which is summed up as follows:

Female literature focuses on:

External expectations from society, class, caste, lineage, or community: Dauntless are supposed to be like this, princesses don’t put their weapons on the table, girls can’t be an airman

Redefinition of self: District 12 to the Mockingjay, Abnegation to Dauntless

Rites of Passage: The Reaping, Presentation of Jobs, The Matching

Conversely, male literature will contain:

Set goals and definite endings: Get the ring to Mordor, Steal Faerie gold, find Margo Roth Speigelman by the end of the day

Obtaining objects to complete the tasks: Glamdring, Sting, Excaliber, Riptide, Oculators lenses

Knowing one’s self: The Lucky Number, I am a Traveller, I’m the One from the Prophecy

Those are the specs I used to develop my theory, which I can now put in an analogue infographic as follows:


It looks a little boring now, but that’s because there’s only two points of data so far. The blue flag represents Pendragon: The Merchant of Death. Of the 79 instances of gender elements, 57 of them were from the male set, while 22 were from the female. Pendragon as a series has a following, but never got as popular as Artemis Fowl, which is the orange flag. It proved more balanced than Pendragon, with 91 total instances, 54 being male and 37 being female. The Artemis Fowl series has more of a following. These two points are in favour of the theory, but more research is needed.

Oh, darn. I have to read more books.


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