10 Talented Female Authors I Wouldn’t Kick Out of Bed for Writing About Crackers

Based on their publicity photos and my girlfriend’s blessing, and presented in no particular order:

Tara Moss

Heather and Rose MacDowell

Margaux Froley

Marisha Pessl

Vicki Pettersson

Kresley Cole

Tasha Alexander

Sophie Littlefield

Lizabeth Zindel

Photo credits available: Lucas Allen (Moss), Jess Hasselbusch (MacDowell), Wolf Hoffmann (Alexander)

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Comment by Kristen Painter
2013-04-14 13:29:06

I second Kresley.

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Comment by Jaclyn
2013-04-15 15:20:51

What was the point of this, exactly? Why are we sexualizing female authors this way? They’re writers, not models. I’m going to sound like a humorless feminist, but no one would ever think it was a good idea to post a list of ‘sexy male authors,’ so why do one of female authors? These women work with their minds, not bodies, so why judge them on their bodies?

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Comment by jb
2013-04-16 12:23:23

There is a blog by a female writer that has since gone invite only, that had a list of ‘Foxy Male Authors’: nataliehatch.blogspot.com. So, just the one.

Comment by Hank
2013-04-18 10:43:19


I feel sorry for you that you so unhappy . This site is called Bookgasm. So having talented attractive authors listed on it is not a big stretch. Its fun and light hearted these picture are professional photos so relax. If the author didn’t want their faces shown they wouldn’t have don’t it. If you think these G rated pictures have sexualize Women into objects. You have a problem not everyone else. I look at them and go Oh I wonder what they wrote about. This did not cross any lines to sane people.

Comment by Chrissie
2013-04-18 12:07:08

and there’s another hot male authors posting here: /jennyswallows.blogspot.com/2013/01/eight-male-authors-who-could-dot-my-is.html

Comment by Michael
2013-04-15 16:53:28

I agree with Jaclyn. This is unworthy of your blog.

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Comment by Josh Jabcuga
2013-04-16 06:24:11

Get a sense of humor, everyone.

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Comment by martha
2013-04-16 07:07:59

You’re not the one being sexualised and demeaned. YOU get a sense of perspective and better manners.

Comment by Josh Jabcuga
2013-04-16 18:27:56

Martha, really, I bet you’re the life of the party.

Comment by Jeffrey
2013-04-18 10:31:43

you’re a privileged asshole, josh.

Comment by Josh Jabcuga
2013-04-18 22:11:36

But I’d never resort to name-calling.

Comment by Maggie Bean
2013-04-16 06:25:25

I liked it. Beauty is measured in many ways: Art, writing, face, hair, body, clothes, shoes…Can’t we celebrate all of it? I think so. And I, for one, wouldn’t mind seeing you do a similar list of knock ’em dead male authors. 😉

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Comment by Denysé Bridger
2013-04-16 06:27:02

Seriously, lighten up…. it’s not a crime or politically incorrect to appreciate beauty and celebrate it. These women are talented and beautiful, why not admire both? I don’t see anyone “judging” here, merely stating – these ladies are beautiful – and they are.

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Comment by Nora
2013-04-16 06:58:03

Apart from the fact that this is objectifying and grotesque, as others have said, this is also revealing as to how incredibly narrow the blog maintainer’s conceptualization of beauty is. All these women are white, have the same complexion, have long hair styled the exact same way to approximately the same length, have the same body type, and most of them even have the same face shape. They’re all in the same age range. Good grief, I hope your girlfriend looks like this and never decides to cut her hair or get a tan or grow old. Or if she does, maybe she’ll just find a partner with more sophisticated tastes.

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Comment by Tony
2013-04-16 07:06:57

Well said Nora.

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Comment by Bookgazing
2013-04-16 07:45:26

Ugh. And thanks for not mentioning what any of these women has written btw. Fail.

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Comment by Dragana M.
2013-04-16 07:55:52

It’s sometimes funny how people make drama about the little things. The guy is not giving away Pulitzer or Nobel award. This is a list of ten female authors he personally finds attractive. And he has a thing for light headed blue-eyed white females. So what?

If I would made the “10 Talented Authors I Wouldn’t Kick Out of Bed” list I would not put Philip Pullman there (too bald), George R.R. Martin (don’t like beards), Arthur C. Clarke (dead, necrophilia is sooo not my thing) or Martha Wells (not into girls) on the list. Although they are my favorite authors.

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Comment by Dena
2013-04-16 09:10:54

Yep, would really have been nice to know what exactly they wrote. Makes me wonder what you think they are ‘talented’ at.

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Comment by Nobilis Reed (@Nobilis)
2013-04-16 10:22:19


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Comment by K
2013-04-18 09:40:20

You sure do like the white women, Führer. Be honest, you didn’t assess their talent by actually reading any of their books before calling them talented, did you? You just googled hot writers and picked all the best-looking white women.

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Comment by sarah
2013-04-18 10:14:25

Haha you’re an idiot, why would anyone care which authors you fantasise about boning you sad and self centred individual

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Comment by sarah
2013-04-18 10:28:31

take a joke ladies amirite hahahahahhhaahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahhahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahhahahahhahahahahhahahahahhahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahhahahhahahahhaha no, fuck YOU Shinji.

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Comment by Wendy Whipple
2013-04-18 10:31:28

THIS is why sexualizing people is bad: http://youtu.be/jWKXit_3rpQ — when you value looks above all, it sends the wrong message, you objectify, then you dehumanize, then it really goes to hell…

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Comment by sarah
2013-04-18 11:18:12

Hank here’s a cool idea – you’re an idiot too!

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Comment by Jason Burnett
2013-04-18 11:29:05

Shinji – you failed here. I tried to give you the benefit of the doubt. You know “Maybe Shinji’s an okay guy who usually writes good things and today he was just thinking with his dick.” But considering your articles at Bookgasm consist of this and a manga review that you wrote in 2005… Maybe you should go back to wanking over the author photos on your girlfriend’s books and leave Bookgasm to the people who actually read.

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Comment by GB
2013-04-18 12:25:57

I don’t mean to sound like a sanctimonious, PC-type but… yes, you sound exactly like one. Thanks, this was a fun post and I hope you get tons of click and more for what is, with or without this particular post, a very good website. My only complaint is that you left some hot authors out. Maybe this post warrants a second part.

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Comment by Ashley
2013-04-18 13:01:58

If you’re going to do something this distasteful, you could at least put links to their books.

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Comment by carolita
2013-04-18 14:39:02

Christ, what an asshole.

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Comment by becca
2013-04-18 17:14:28

*slams a book (written by an ugly person) shut on ur boner*

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Comment by fletch
2013-04-18 19:21:46

Dude I guarantee every woman complaining about this post is a dog. I f this post ‘sexualiszes’ women then why are those gussied up for ‘promotional photos?’ Wouldn’t they pose without make-up?!?

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Comment by John
2013-04-18 23:19:31

They’re attractive but why are they considered talented? Anybody can posts pics without reference or validation. There are enough sites sexualizing and degrading women. Do we need another one? Please stick with the works of authors, not their sex.

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Comment by Slade Grayson
2013-04-19 10:14:46

Well, this certainly didn’t get out of hand…

I agree that an explanation should have been included for why these particular women authors are considered “talented.” Because without that, it does look like they were picked simply because of their looks and the quality of their publicity photos. At the very least, as one person suggested above, a link to their books would have been nice.

On the other hand, I find the level of anger and outrage expressed here curious. If you find the column in bad taste, I understand commenting to that fact. If you find the column humorous and all in good fun, I understand you wanting to defend it. But to resort to name calling and insults levied against the author of the column as well as the people commenting (either for or against) seems overblown. Aren’t there bigger issues in the world (recent events in Boston, for one) that deserve our anger and indignation more?

Having said that, I’m going to go back to staring at Tara Moss’s legs.

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Comment by Matt
2013-04-21 06:26:28

I think that the pity here is that you collude with people like Fletch who write what they feel to be ‘funny’ trolling comments. But you are not trying to write something funny – rather something fun. It misses its mark entirely because you take a person who has given us their thinking for our scrutiny. Let’s look at them in those terms. Write a list of ten pieces of writing that you find sexy i you’re going to attempt a list like this. You might even end up with a bit more diversity – not that you’re bad, it’s just your narrow experience is showing. They might be beautiful, but what does have to do with them as authors? They have to brand themselves as public figures in order to sell their writing – but we don’t have to resort to reducing them to sexualised objects (what else could someone be doing by judging them on their looks alone?).
So please note, a ‘sense of humour’ (a subjective construction) aside: fun and funny are two different things. They can overlap. To a standard that sits outside of sexism (however mild you perceive it to be), this post is neither.

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Comment by Jez
2013-04-22 00:58:50

It’s great using the contemporary celebrity-author pub-shot for the device it is most chiefly. It should require no explanation to anyone with any critical sense. And the good ol’ traditional knee jerk riled-woman sexual-humiliation responses are perfect framings for this, like knotted red mahogony. Then the additonal racism narrative is pure genius. Surely there are still some irrational depths to which you could descend? My biggest problem with the list is some of the claims of ‘talent’… Tara Moss? I mean, c’mon, either pull ‘Talented’ from the title or try a little harder to fulfill it…

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