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What are your thoughts on an author writing a book from the perspective of someone of the opposite sex?

Asked by KatawaGrey (21433points) July 20th, 2010

I started a book a while ago it’s been put on the back burner in favor of my latest project wherein I am writing from the perspective of a male, and I am a female. The book takes place so far into the future that genders have been redefined or abolished, depending on how you look at it but the fact still remains that there are many things I don’t know about how a male body feels or reacts.

With this in mind, can you tell me what you think about books in which the author writes from the perspective of someone of the opposite sex?

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HungryGuy's avatar

I often write stories from the female perspective. FWIW, I’ve been told by my female fans that my female characters are believable. When I write dialoge for a female, I just imagine a woman doing those actions and speaking.

Jeruba's avatar

It’s been done many times with varying degrees of success. There’s no inherent reason why it couldn’t work, especially if the author is very intuitive and insightful.

You can always ask a member of the opposite sex to let you know if your depiction is true to life. I’ve done that and incorporated a number of suggestions I’ve received from men.

Kraigmo's avatar

It’s totally fine.

Plenty of authors write from a Captain’s perspective, when they are not Captains. Or they write from a spy’s perspective, when they are not spies.

I’ve never noticed the gender of an author before, really, especially if it conflicted with the first-person narrative of their own book. The book is what it is.

josie's avatar

Ian Fleming “The Spy Who Loved Me”

gemiwing's avatar

The only time I’ve seen it not work was in a romance novel. It ended up reading more like Penthouse Letters, than a romance. This was not because the author was a different gender- but because I don’t think he did his research.

Go get ‘em.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I admire creativity and imagination :)

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

If it reads as credible and authentic, then the gender of the writer causes me no concern.

ETpro's avatar

I like the idea so much I think I will write a short story as a female. Good luck with your work. A few male friends editing it could help.

augustlan's avatar

Many authors do it very well.

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