In the last post, I introduced the idea that mainstream fiction publishing and theory are completely devoid of any conservative or right-wing thought. It’s hard to look at what is being published, who is being published, and who is publishing and not jump to the conclusion that the industry is hostile to conservatism.
The point of this series is not to complain about the situation or to demand change in the industry. My goal is to illustrate why cultural narrative through fiction is important for conservatives, show how the current state is not particularly a bad thing for the right, and hopefully offer some insights and solutions on how we should move forward.
Before I go any further and start the real conversation I believe that I have to further illustrate the state of things and ask a few questions.I googled new fiction 2020 and looked through the featured lists on several sites to include the New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, and The Washington Posts, along with a few publisher sites. 99% of all new fiction highlighted by these sites was written by female authors, I only came across two males. I don’t know if any of the authors are conservative but if I had to guess my money would be on no.
So do conservatives not write fiction? Do males no write fiction? Is there such a dearth of male writers that 99% of new releases in fiction are female? Another obvious question that must be asked from looking at the authors published; do heterosexual white males not write any fiction worth mentioning by major publications?
I’m not doubting the quality and merit of any of the published novels, but one cannot look at the lineup and in good faith ignore the fact that males are severely underrepresented and that conservative writers are nonexistent.
Why? What is going on?