It was a lark. I swear it was. I was writing an article, and kept seeing “fantasy is for boys” from girls reviewing the genre, and “fantasy was always for girls, sci-fi was for boys” from some of the boys reviewing the genre…
and nowhere could I find numbers to support…anything. @tordotcom helpfully linked me to a survey they did about their best of the decade list comparing female protagonists and female authors – but that didn’t address the readership - are more males than females reading these books?
So I made a survey.
And I sat on it, because I wasn’t really sure i wanted to be in charge of this. And who…really cared, anyway? o.O
And then I decided I’d never know unless I tried. So I launched it, and…it caught me off guard, but in the first one and a half hours, we’re sitting at a few hundred views, and countless retweets. To say I underestimated interest is putting it mildly. I’m completely humbled.
A couple notes:
There are a few different versions of the survey. I’m using a free Zoomerang account, which only allows me 100 responses per survey…so I’ve duplicated the survey 5 times (thinking I was overdoing it!)
Version 1.0 has a mistake in Q7 – it doesn’t allow for multiple answers. You can use the explain box of the final question to clarify your answer if you like.
Version 2.0 and all further versions have been corrected.
I’ll update once I launch further versions
Thank you SO MUCH for your interest and support.