Science Fiction Fantasy  
Go Back   Science Fiction Fantasy Chronicles: forums > Books and Writing > Authors > Robin Hobb

Robin Hobb The writing and novels of Robin Hobb for discussion.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old 9th November 2006, 03:23 AM   #16 (permalink)
ScottSF
 
ScottSF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: California
Posts: 472
Re: Robin Hobb is a she :)

I went on a small rant about this subject that nobody responded to (poor me ) I thought at the time maybe I was overthinking, yadda yadda, here's a paste of the post.

OK, this brings up a point that I have been wondering about. I think this is the third time I have seen someone refer to Hobb as a he. Do you think sometimes women authors pick gender neutral pen names because they fear readers will pre-judge their work because they are women? Honestly I may be guilty. Sometimes I'm looking for fantasy or historic fiction with a brutal edge and then I see a women author's name and assume that she'll pull her punches. It's funny because Assassin's Aprentice I think had a strong appeal to the 'boy' need for action and 'badassness' So that drew me in but it was the Liveship Traders, whose covers look a bit like romance novels, that I liked the best. When I read a different author Lian Hearn, I assumed it was a guy. I thought Lian was like the irish Liam, or maybe it was a greek name. Anyway I enjoyed her Tales of the Otori trilogy and she wrote the male characters just as realistically as the female ones. Now I'm off on a tangent but I have noticed that often male authors have trouble writing realistic female characters. Anyway, I will try better to give authors a chance and not prejudge based on gender. Now I will do 10 hail Marys and a Hokie Pokie for my sins
ScottSF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 9th November 2006, 07:13 PM   #17 (permalink)
Registered User
 
the_faery_queen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Swansea
Posts: 1,098
Re: Robin Hobb is a she :)

i dunno. i hope not. i know that jk rowling used her initials to appeal to boys, her publisher, apparnatly, thought that boys wouldn't read a book written bvy a woman. i like to think that most men grow out of that and will read a book by a woman, but in many ways fantasy is still seen as a boys club, the fact that the main character is often male, to some of what goes on in them, does sorta say that. so it could be taht female authors do pick gender neutral names, so as not to ailenate male readers. i dunno.
the_faery_queen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd February 2007, 02:34 PM   #18 (permalink)
Dual-wielding is better.
 
spartan_pwns's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Texas
Posts: 11
Re: Robin Hobb is a she :)

All i know is i am guilty of thinking she was a man
But, as soon as i learned she was a woman, i couldnt see it any other way.
spartan_pwns is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd February 2007, 02:44 PM   #19 (permalink)
Iago with a Blackberry
 
HoopyFrood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Devon
Posts: 5,034
Blog Entries: 11
Re: Robin Hobb is a she :)

I haven't read any of Hobb's books yet, although I have (at least I think it's this book) Assassin's Apprentice at home (which I won't be able to read until Easter, seeing as I won't be going home until then!) but I have to admit that I always thought that Robin Hobb was a man until I saw this thread. I know Robin can also be a girls name, but thanks to people like Robin Williams and the like, I guess I automatically consider it a man's name! Still, it hasn't changed anything, I'll still read the book, I still would've bought the book even if I had known it was female author. *Shrugs* I don't know why people wouldnt want to read a book just because of the sex of the author. Surely the only thing that matters is how good the book is, and if you enjoy it.
HoopyFrood is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd February 2007, 04:02 PM   #20 (permalink)
Scottish Roman
 
The Ace's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Perth and Kinross
Posts: 4,039
Re: Robin Hobb is a she :)

Interesting, I've only read one of her books (about a guy who became grossly fat after he recovered from plague), and while I find her sensitive, I wouldn't have said it was written from a female perspective. The comparrison with George RR Martin doesn't really hold water, because he has the nasty habit of killing off any character for whom the reader develops any sympathy, that's not male, just weird.
The Ace is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd February 2007, 08:49 PM   #21 (permalink)
pixie druid
 
nixie's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: South Yorkshire
Posts: 4,046
Blog Entries: 3
Re: Robin Hobb is a she :)

Ace, your reading out of sequence, how could you Thats Forest Mage second book in the Soldier Son trilogy
nixie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd February 2007, 08:58 PM   #22 (permalink)
Scottish Roman
 
The Ace's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Perth and Kinross
Posts: 4,039
Re: Robin Hobb is a she :)

Quote:
Originally Posted by nixie View Post
Ace, your reading out of sequence, how could you Thats Forest Mage second book in the Soldier Son trilogy
It was in the library.
The Ace is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd February 2007, 09:05 PM   #23 (permalink)
pixie druid
 
nixie's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: South Yorkshire
Posts: 4,046
Blog Entries: 3
Re: Robin Hobb is a she :)

thats why I never use librarys
nixie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 3rd February 2007, 12:32 AM   #24 (permalink)
Dreamer ~
 
Kitera's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Australia
Posts: 261
Re: Robin Hobb is a she :)

Quote:
Originally Posted by spartan_pwns View Post
All i know is i am guilty of thinking she was a man
But, as soon as i learned she was a woman, i couldnt see it any other way.
I thought she was a man as well, when I was reading the Faseer trilogy. It was embarrassing when I found out the truth.
Kitera is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 3rd February 2007, 05:44 AM   #25 (permalink)
Fortiter et recte!
 
pyan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Southampton
Posts: 8,157
Re: Robin Hobb is a she :)

Whereas I always thought that Robin Hobb was female, what I didn't know was that she was also Megan Lindholm. How many other multiple-named writers are out there? Is Robert Jordan really Anne McCaffrey?

(edit) then I found this:
Science Fiction Author Pseudonyms

and this:
Pseudonyms of Horror and Fantasy Writers

Last edited by pyan; 3rd February 2007 at 05:54 AM. Reason: Should have learned by now not to post too early!
pyan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12th February 2007, 05:57 AM   #26 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Illinois
Posts: 14
Re: Robin Hobb is a she :)

Tracy Hickman is a male author? That explains a lot, like all the quest books. I absolutely cannot stand quest books. Actually, they're precisely why I don't often read male authors. IMO, many have no imagination. Every book is a quest, some even with the same formula (e.g. a group formed of one elf, one dwarf, one swordsman, etc). I don't even glance at an author's name when looking for a book, but I usually find myself more attracted to female authors, who sometimes delve a little deeper in their stories and enjoy more creativity. Despite all that, I love Robin Hobb, though I originally thought she was a male author. There were many factors pointing to "male" when I first read her books.

- The androgynous name first and foremost, lol.

- The content itself, perhaps. Violence (assassins), journeys, and scant romance (initially).

- Most importantly, the first person narrative is told -very convincingly and in scrupulous detail- from a young man's perspective, which in my experience is not too common for female writers. Hobb herself says that she chose an ambiguous name partly for that reason.

Oh, and Scott, I thought Lian Hearn was a male too for the same reason. I read Liam, not Leanne. I'm sure she chose that name for much the same reason that Robin did. I'm sure I never saw an author's picture in the book jacket.

Last edited by papercut; 12th February 2007 at 06:15 AM.
papercut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13th February 2007, 05:33 AM   #27 (permalink)
Dreamer ~
 
Kitera's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Australia
Posts: 261
Re: Robin Hobb is a she :)

Quote:
Originally Posted by papercut View Post
Tracy Hickman is a male author? That explains a lot, like all the quest books. I absolutely cannot stand quest books. Actually, they're precisely why I don't often read male authors. IMO, many have no imagination.
Tracy Hickman male? *echos Papercut* O.o I always thought Tracy was female! Though I did liked reading his book...


See, you learn new things every day!
Kitera is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13th February 2007, 07:47 AM   #28 (permalink)
Registered Lurker
 
Commonmind's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,303
Re: Robin Hobb is a she :)

Quote:
Originally Posted by -putawaythosepliers- View Post
Why is it that many people think Robin Hobb is a he?
Is it because of the spelling? for instance, i know someone called Robin who is male, but i also know someone called Robyn, who is female.
Is it this spelling which determines the gender of a certain person?
Or is it *here's my turn to be a raving feminist * because they are a successful writer in the fantasy genre? Would it be unfair of me to imply that people automatically think she is a he because they have sold many books and are very good at what they do, in a genre, which to be fair, is not actually overly male-dominated? I think it would be unfair.
If you look through the sub-forums in the authors box, and are sad enough to count, like i am, then you will find that only 9 out of a total 36 authors are female, if i'm right, which isn't always.

It is however, a common mistake, and a completely forgivable one. ive had my rant now, so i'll sit in a corner and be quiet now.
The observation is purely subjective, as you've stated yourself, in not so many words. And, sadly, despite your claim, the Fantasy genre is dominated by male authors, like it or not (and though some of my favorite fiction authors are female, my shelves, containing hundreds of books, are filled with male writers by majority; the proof is in the pudding, as they say). I don't feel the mistake being made is necessarily indicative of genre norms, but because quite a large amount of the fantasy readership is male, and will likely associate names that could be either male or female as being male. This is more an issue of sexual psychology than anything else. A man hears the name Robin, Gene, Jamie or Frances, etc. and we can assume he believes the person to be male, whereas a female will likely think the opposite. Again, a matter of psychology.

I don't really understand why it is an issue however. Far-be-it-from-me to be insulting, but the very nature of this thread is sort of counter-intuitive to its point. If someone loves the work, who cares what he or she assumes of the author; gender or otherwise. We aren't, by any means, handing out credits based on sex.
Commonmind is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21st April 2007, 09:55 PM   #29 (permalink)
Beesting
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Lincolnshire
Posts: 1
Re: Robin Hobb is a she :)

Robin Hobb is definately a She!! I met her at an Ottackers book signing. She was really lovely. I asked her some kind of really stupid question because I was so flustered!! I wish i'd asked her a better question. I asked her if she hoped her books would become films and she laughed and said that would be good wouldnt it if they would want to do it.
Although I think risky they might bodge it up like the last Harry Potter films that were done!
I'm not so keen on the books she writes under the name Megan Lindholm there good but dont seem to be as good!
Beesting is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd April 2007, 04:58 PM   #30 (permalink)
Last of the Windsong Clan
 
Rahl Windsong's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Canada
Posts: 645
Re: Robin Hobb is a she :)

I found out Robin Hobb is a woman by stumbling across this site: Favorite Newsgroups Where Robin often posts in the various discussions on her site.
Rahl Windsong is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 09:45 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2 ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.