Somehow I can’t see Agatha Christie going along with something like this:
Scottish crime writer Shona MacLean has been forced to change her name — to S G MacLean — to make her novels more appealing to men.
The change follows the publication of three successful historical crime books under her full name. The title of her latest novel has also been truncated in its paperback form, to make it more punchy and eye-catching. Crucible of Secrets now appears simply as Crucible.
MacLean, niece to Alistair MacLean, professes not to be disturbed by this:
“The thinking was that my name was too soft and feminine and men wouldn’t buy my books. Now they have decided they want to make the covers more masculine and my name less obviously feminine… Crime books are more traditionally male, and my books have a male protagonist.”
Who would have thought there’d still be gender stereotyping in popular culture in 2012?
(Via this @syaffolee tweet.)