“(on the creation of gendered fantasy genres in bookstores)…. one which is full of boys’ stuff like blood and killing, which is for boys and which boys should read, and one which is full of stuff that girls enjoy, like blood and fucking, which is for girls and which girls should read.”
I’m not sure if graduating from “romance” to “blood and fucking” is an improvement (Twilight, best I understand, doesn’t have much of either. It’s pretty straight romance), but put in those particular terms, it does remind me that there’s a primed but largely untapped “blood and fucking” market (Joe Abercrombie’s “Best Served Cold” is a good example of a true “blood and fucking” book). I know this, of course, but every time somebody passed on GW because they thought it was “unmarketable” really threw me for a loop.