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Women Prefer True Crime Books Over Men

Books by the Sexes: Women Choose More Gore Than Men

In the mood for some violent reading? Then if you're a woman, you'll probably reach for something a little more descriptive than a man would. A new study found women overwhelmingly prefer true-crime books that detail the death and dismemberment of characters while men prefer nonfiction accounts of war or gang violence.

Because previous studies have shown women fear violent crime more than men, researchers suspect this fear drives women to read true crime. It provides information that could help readers avoid becoming victims themselves, and the finding that women prefer books that offer "clever tricks" to escape would-be attackers only strengthens the argument.

I only read or watch violence if I'm told it's too good to pass by, but if I had to choose between true crime and a book on, say, war strategy, I'd pick true crime too. For me, it's the biographical-like details. I'd rather learn about a crime's effect on people than a straight-up account of war. In fact, I'd rather read about the civilians living through war than soldiers fighting it. Is that such a crime?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I used to watch Cold Case Files too, but I've seen them all at least twice, so I stopped. American Justice is another fav, but it stopped playing on A&E. When I was 4, I started watching Unsolved Mysteries. That's something that's always sparked my interest, thinking about making a career out of it. Morbid curiosity... yeah, just a bit :) War stuff doesn't interest me at all.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
This study sort of rings true for me. Growing up my mom was all about the thriller genre. We used to watch Cold Case Files together. My dad was all about Tom Clancy and westerns. I find true crime to be pretty interesting (particularly murder or unsolved crimes). War, not so much. I think with war there's usually a lot of politics involved that I'm not so interested in. My interest in true crime is sort of a morbid curiosity, I guess.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
I prefer biographies, classics, religion, and history, but I like to 'clear my head' sometimes with something simple like true crime or popular fiction. I LOVE Anne Rule; I read one Patricia Cornwell book, and it was okay. Dean Koontz and Nora Roberts make me sick. Steven King and Mary Higgins Clark are pretty good. The best popular crime fiction writer is DJ Delffs. His protagonist is an innocent church man and his plot lines are well thought out, and well written. I can't say I really prefer one over the other; I switch equally between grisly nonfiction and true crime.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I'm not a true crime fan. I prefer the gun toting, head exploding, guts falling out gore fest's that are thriller novels. It's not so much the blood that I like, it's the fast paced plots that have you hanging off the edge of the seat that I love!
pink-elephant pink-elephant 7 years
I do love a good true crime book. But it all depends on how the story is told...If it doesn't have a good plot or isn't written well, I'm not interested.
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 7 years
I've seen enough 'true crime' down my own street. I'll take war strategy, thankyou.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
True Crime is my favorite book section :) I have a True Crime short story book next to my bed that I try to read every night. I'm not much of a reader, but TC holds my interest. My fav TV shows reflects this too.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
I'm not big on true crime. I like the classics, particularly romance. If I do go for a violent book it's usually fictional!
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