Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Should Women Authors Drop Domestic Themes?

Muriel Gray, one of the judges in this year's Orange Prize for Fiction appears to be on the verge of stirring up a hornet's nest:

As a judge in this year's Orange prize, it's hard to ignore the sheer volume of thinly disguised autobiographical writing from women on small-scale domestic themes such as motherhood, boyfriend troubles and tiny family dramas. These writers appear to have forgotten the fundamental imperative of fiction writing. It's called making stuff up.

As much as I hate to say it, I think she may have a point. There is only so much of this stuff anyone can be expected to read.

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