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Do women love ‘The Hobbit’? NYTimes says no

April 16, 2011 at 1:45 am by MrCere  - 

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 females, are a bit miffed at the writer and there are several good female-authored blogs and responses, (read after the break for a list of some of the more notable responses) 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?
TheNerdybird.com
Geek with curves
Geekmom
Why men can’t like “Game of Thrones”
Geek girl diva
Pajiba.com
Thinkhero.com
Read the review that started the blogger firestorm right here.

Posted in Books, Hobbit Book, Sean Bean, The Hobbit on April 16, 2011 by Do women love ‘The Hobbit’? NYTimes says no | Discuss
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114 responses to “Do women love ‘The Hobbit’? NYTimes says no”

  1. Mmvi_74 says:

    This woman is just crazy saying women “don´t like Tolkien just like they don´t like Game of Thrones and its author”.

    I haven´t read Game of Thrones but knowing it´s an “adult stuff”, that´s enought for me to NOT read it.
    I know what “adult” stuff is like.

    There is a HUGE difference between Game of Thrones and Tolkien: NO sex or naked chicks, thats the huge difference.

    I am a woman and I don´t watch HBO shows, not becoz violence or subjects, which I find very interesting sometimes, but because I am sick of raping, banging naked chicks and female nutidy everywhere.
    I find it just sexist to show women as sexual object to please men´s lust all the time.

    That´s the huge difference with Tolkien.
    Tolkien is insulted to be compared with this man who wrote Game of Thrones.
    Tolkien respect women at least.

    So, sorry I am not *that* kind of woman who support nudity everywhere.

  2. Amber Knox says:

    My Dad read me The Hobbit when I was five years old, and I loved it so much I asked him to read it to me again. He said no, next time I’d have to read it for myself. Thanks to a deep and abiding love for Tolkien’s world, I was reading fluently by the first grade, and I have read and reread The Hobbit, LOTR, and/or The Silmarillion every year since. (And devoured lots of other books on the way.) I’m now in my 30’s and I can attest that Chicks Dig Tolkien.

  3. Amber Knox says:

    My Dad read me The Hobbit when I was five years old, and I loved it so much I asked him to read it to me again. He said no, next time I’d have to read it for myself. Thanks to a deep and abiding love for Tolkien’s world, I was reading fluently by the first grade, and I have read and reread The Hobbit, LOTR, and/or The Silmarillion every year since. (And devoured lots of other books on the way.) I’m now in my 30’s and I can attest that Chicks Dig Tolkien.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Nice to know that one lone broad thinks she speaks for Womenkind. I suppose that the thousands of women on Tolkien fanpages don’t exist?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hear, hear. I resent the idea that all of us sit around watching Twilight while painting “I love Romeo” on our wee toenails.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Brava!

  7. spatch says:

    And when you consider that vast sections of A Song of Ice and Fire are written from the female characters POV, Ms. Bellafante’s assertions become ridiculous and, in the end, moot.

  8. spatch says:

    And when you consider that vast sections of A Song of Ice and Fire are written from the female characters POV, Ms. Bellafante’s assertions become ridiculous and, in the end, moot.

  9. Kay says:

    I am not reading anything in the fantasy genre. I never have. The same goes for science fiction. I don’t remember which website led me to this one. I surf a lot and I want to learn.

  10. Kay says:

    I was never introduced to that. Maybe it is still hiding within me. I was never taught that exercising my imagination is *wrong*.

  11. Teknosugar says:

    The book club I belong to, and is all women in eir 20’s and 30’s quite happily chose and read the Hobbit… Seeing as I own no less than 4 copies and it was the first book I bought my daughter (1st born). I think that the review is very wrong. If anyone is the nerd/geek/ Tolkienite in this house it is me, a woman. Just because fantasy is stereotypically something the men enjoy, does not mean that there isn’t a large contingent of us ladies out there who do not enjoy it as well, if not more than our male counterparts… Well it does in my case 😉

  12. Charles says:

    I’m a male, but I was introduced to Tolkein when I was 6 years old by the high school girl down the street. She would read it (The Hobbit) to my younger siblings and I when she would babysit us. Thanks to Laura for beginning my lifelong love of fantasy in general and Tolkein in particular!

  13. Kenobi1985 says:

    Where do people get off making statements like that? It’s insulting to fans and not-prior-to-the-movies fans alike (of either gender) to the nth degree. When will people quit trying to speak for everyone else, especially without first soliciting our opinion on the matter, whether they are reporters or pundits or politicians?

  14. LadyKai DevinAkers says:

    I love the Hobbit and all things Lord of the Rings…. I’m a 21 year old female. So this article is wrong.

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