We all get pissed off when we’re written off or stereotyped, and we have a right to be. It certainly makes me see red. But. . .I laughed a lot at this Jezebel article, specifically this part:
“There are certain male authors who, while their works are not bad per se, they, through maybe no fault of their own, attract a male fanbase that is disproportionately douchey. If a guy is obsessed with David Foster Wallace, Kurt Vonnegut, John Updike, Philip Roth, or Richard Brautigan, I consider that a red flag. Jonathan Franzen is borderline. Chuck Palahniuk is part of this group, only unlike the aforementioned, his writing is genuinely awful. (I wonder if this also works for women and female authors? If I were a guy I might not want to fuck a woman who was an obsessive fan of, I don’t know, Jane Smiley?)”
There is definitely a red flag book list, for better or worse. Don’t even talk to me about Palahniuk.