While surfing the Internet I came across an alarming statistic. Polls suggest that only 20 percent of fiction readers are male! How can this be? Why?
Is there a stigma (at least in the minds of men) that reading fiction is a pastime not worthy of men’s valuable time? Ask the average man and he’ll admit to reading non-fiction, newspapers and magazines, but rarely will he admit to reading fiction.
Fiction can be just as educational as non-fiction and most times a lot more enjoyable. Novelists (good ones at least) put countless hours into researching their novels. It is proven that lessons hidden in stories stay with us longer than those relayed in lectures.
A term that has become common today is ‘Chick-lit
‘. These are usually novels with a young female protagonist, a dash of romance and more than a dash of humour. What if there were the equivalent for men? Would they read more fiction? Maybe guys just want to have fun too.I thought I’d suggest some books that might appeal to men who want a light, fun read. And they are ALL written by men too!