Fans of the original Twilight Zone television show will immediately know what this is all about. The libraries at the Hollywood Tower Hotel are filled with a number of objects from that classic Rod Serling anthology program. They are especially difficult to spot due to the dim lighting, crowded conditions, and lack of opportunities to linger.
Action/adventure, science fiction, etc. perhaps? I’d say something that lacks pronounced romance, has a male protagonist (considering a lot of guys seem quite hesitant to read about a female protagonist) and a lot of action. That’s stereotyping obviously, just in the same way that girls are assumed to love romance. I personally don’t like associating genres with genders. I’m a girl and I read a lot of different books, whether it’s chick lit or something from an arguably more “male” genre. The same will apply to guys - not all of them but a fair few.
Lad-lit or dick-lit, I’ve heard it called. Good examples would be Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity and Mil Millington’s Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About.
They’re usually about a schlub who’s trying to sort out his love and work life and is rather hapless at it (like chick lit). Hilarity ensues.
WORD. I would add military alternate-history to the list too. How telling it is that the answerer said sci-fi. Jesus fucking Christ. For real? Like that is seriously the answer.
I need to tamp down my rage, hold on a second…
So there’s something in male genetics that makes them enjoy things like adventure, science, and being brave more than women? Bullshit. And there’s something that makes them also averse to romance? Hang on, the phone is ringing. Oh, it is bullshit calling for tumblr user “thebooker”. Men and women can both like protagonists of either gender. Plenty of men read The Hunger Games, and uh, that’s about a fucking girl. It is one of the biggest sci-fi books of the past 5 years, read by both Young Adult (the intended audience) and actual adults. Granted, not all of them loved it, but obviously the book had crossover success, and since adolescent boys read it, you can imagine that grown men read it as well. You are selling the male gender WAY short saying that they can’t empathize with female characters, or even *gasp* read an entire book where a female is the lead character. Also, you are implying that male is the “default” gender because both men and women like male characters but only females like female protagonists. Really, have you met people who read books? Or is this just based on your experiences working in Waldenbooks in a 2nd rate mall seven years ago? Women don’t like science fiction? Women don’t like adventure? Men don’t like stories that involve women? None of this strikes you as problematic?