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Do women love 'The Hobbit'? NYTimes says no

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Apr 15 2011, 11:40pm


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Ginia Bellafante, in a review of HBO's "A Game of Thrones," that makes its television debut this weekend and stars LOTR's Sean Bean, insinuates that women, or at least women in book clubs, aren't passionate about "The Hobbit," the beloved book by J.R.R. Tolkien. With over 10 years of experiences with fans of Middle-earth, and the many women that are passionate about it, Ms. Bellafante might be missing something. She said:

While I do not doubt that there are women in the world who read books like Mr. Martin’s, I can honestly say that I have never met a single woman who has stood up in indignation at her book club and refused to read the latest from Lorrie Moore unless everyone agreed to “The Hobbit” first. “Game of Thrones” is boy fiction patronizingly turned out to reach the population’s other half.


Readers of the interwebs, especially the female portion, are a bit miffed at the writer and there are several good female-authored blogs and responses, (read after the break for a full list) but most are from the perspective of "Game of Thrones," readers. So, Tolkienites, do you agree or disagree with the above statement and the full review?
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Do women love 'The Hobbit'? NYTimes says no News From Bree Send a private message to News From Bree Apr 15 2011, 11:40pm
    She's doesn't know what she's talking about marillaraina Send a private message to marillaraina Apr 16 2011, 7:15am
        Great first post Ainu Laire Send a private message to Ainu Laire Apr 16 2011, 7:25am
            Thanks for the welcome. :) marillaraina Send a private message to marillaraina Apr 16 2011, 8:18am
                I'm just joking Welsh hero Send a private message to Welsh hero Apr 16 2011, 10:24am
    I've never really thought about it... Maiarmike Send a private message to Maiarmike Apr 16 2011, 7:24am
        White Straight Male privilege LoremIpsum Send a private message to LoremIpsum Apr 16 2011, 7:47am
            Well said! Faenoriel Send a private message to Faenoriel Apr 16 2011, 11:02am
        My concern as well Faenoriel Send a private message to Faenoriel Apr 16 2011, 11:11am
        Priests and religion... Dalurtid Send a private message to Dalurtid Apr 16 2011, 12:21pm
            Knitting? squire Send a private message to squire Apr 16 2011, 1:36pm
                Clearly, some people still don't know Eowyn of Penns Woods Send a private message to Eowyn of Penns Woods Apr 16 2011, 2:59pm
                    I only learned to knit because of sci-fi // Arwen's daughter Send a private message to Arwen's daughter Apr 16 2011, 3:16pm
            Speaking as a grey woman! ;-) dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Apr 16 2011, 1:47pm
                I think it's quite an uneven division Flagg Send a private message to Flagg Apr 16 2011, 2:35pm
                    Yes, because of society not genetics Arwen's daughter Send a private message to Arwen's daughter Apr 16 2011, 3:28pm
                        I agree that societal norms are the main factor Flagg Send a private message to Flagg Apr 16 2011, 3:32pm
                            From an early age Arwen's daughter Send a private message to Arwen's daughter Apr 16 2011, 3:53pm
                                Nature vs nurture Flagg Send a private message to Flagg Apr 16 2011, 4:16pm
                                    It's not that I don't recognize that nature affacts things Arwen's daughter Send a private message to Arwen's daughter Apr 16 2011, 4:22pm
                                    Sorta different, but Gwytha Send a private message to Gwytha Apr 16 2011, 5:14pm
                                    nature vs. nurture marillaraina Send a private message to marillaraina Apr 16 2011, 6:23pm
                                        Actually, there is evidence suggesting that Nurture can effect Nature. AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Apr 16 2011, 8:58pm
                                    It's dangerous to jump into this, but I think Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath Apr 16 2011, 6:24pm
                                        Good points Ethel SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Apr 16 2011, 9:37pm
                                            I wonder if she was just trying to stir up controversy, or if Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath Apr 16 2011, 11:55pm
                                    Not solely responsible, but largely responsible Ainu Laire Send a private message to Ainu Laire Apr 16 2011, 7:38pm
            Having a degree in psychology... taekotemple Send a private message to taekotemple Apr 16 2011, 6:57pm
    There's very little in common... Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Apr 16 2011, 7:28am
    I'm pretty sure a lot of female fans of being human will go to watch it Welsh hero Send a private message to Welsh hero Apr 16 2011, 7:35am
    not your usual stereotype Nesse Send a private message to Nesse Apr 16 2011, 9:56am
    This is sexism Welsh hero Send a private message to Welsh hero Apr 16 2011, 10:11am
    She obviously doesn't have much imagination... dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Apr 16 2011, 10:50am
    Thank you Ms. Bellafante for robbing me my individuality. Faenoriel Send a private message to Faenoriel Apr 16 2011, 10:59am
        In a culture driven by marketing and acquisition Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Apr 16 2011, 12:34pm
            Look at the big brain on Kangi! :-) Tim Send a private message to Tim Apr 16 2011, 3:31pm
                Sorry... Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Apr 16 2011, 5:40pm
            Interesting-- Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath Apr 16 2011, 6:00pm
                Modern Consumer culture: Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Apr 16 2011, 7:37pm
                    Yes, I see what you're saying: Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath Apr 16 2011, 11:47pm
                        Yes a great C.S Lewis quote. Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Apr 17 2011, 2:48pm
                            That's for sure. I have read Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath Apr 17 2011, 4:48pm
                                You might be interested in a BBC / Masterpiece Contemporary miniseries Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Apr 17 2011, 5:00pm
                                    I do have Netflix Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath Apr 17 2011, 6:18pm
                                        The Handmaid's Tale taekotemple Send a private message to taekotemple Apr 17 2011, 6:48pm
                                        to be clear... my recommendation of Handmaid's Tale is for the book Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Apr 17 2011, 10:54pm
                                            Yes, I assumed it was the book. :) Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath Apr 18 2011, 12:20am
            The inherent dangers of sphdle1 Send a private message to sphdle1 Apr 19 2011, 3:51pm
    She is a joke Ulmo Send a private message to Ulmo Apr 16 2011, 1:27pm
    Ginia Bellafante clearly needs to hang out with a better class of people...// Alassa Eruvande Send a private message to Alassa Eruvande Apr 16 2011, 4:34pm
    Ms. Bellafante triggered a moment (or three) of nostalgia. Tweezers of Thu Send a private message to Tweezers of Thu Apr 16 2011, 7:04pm
        Thank you for the link Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Apr 16 2011, 10:27pm
            As an old GAY Hobbit!... Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil Apr 16 2011, 10:45pm
    I just realized something taekotemple Send a private message to taekotemple Apr 16 2011, 8:06pm
    She's taking a swipe at all of us SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Apr 16 2011, 8:22pm
        That's a good point. taekotemple Send a private message to taekotemple Apr 16 2011, 8:29pm
    That article was one of the most ignorant, subjective pieces of trash I have read in a long time AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Apr 16 2011, 8:46pm
    Do women love 'The Hobbit'? Ruijor Send a private message to Ruijor Apr 17 2011, 4:18am
        John said it himself many times.... Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil Apr 17 2011, 11:32am
    Book clubs? WrightWords Send a private message to WrightWords Apr 17 2011, 2:40pm
    Does the Hobbit suffer from the Smurf problem? sphdle1 Send a private message to sphdle1 Apr 18 2011, 11:23am
        Evidently not.... dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Apr 18 2011, 12:12pm
            I agree...very well said sphdle1 Send a private message to sphdle1 Apr 18 2011, 3:57pm
    I don't know about 'The Hobbit' book specifically Radagast_the_Brown Send a private message to Radagast_the_Brown Apr 18 2011, 11:55am
    The Hobbit and Women Rayown Send a private message to Rayown Apr 18 2011, 4:07pm
    Im a woman and have never belonged to a book club. Woodyend Send a private message to Woodyend Apr 18 2011, 6:45pm
        Having seen Game of Thrones last night. . . AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Apr 18 2011, 7:47pm
    Wow! Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Apr 18 2011, 10:27pm

 
 
 

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