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First person books written by the opposite gender

I’m currently reading The House of Suns, by Alastair Reynolds. It is written from the point of view of three characters, two of which are women. The chapters alternate the point of view. Some other:

Night Train (Martin Amis)
Charlotte Markham And The House Of Darkling (Michael Boccacino)
All those Sherlock Holmes pastiches by female authors which have Doctor Watson as narrator
Lindsey Davis’ Marcus Didius Falco novels
End Of Story (Peter Abrahams)
The Woman In Black (Susan Hill)
Endless Night (Agatha Christie)
The Trade Mission (Andrew Pyper)
Alan Bradley’s Flavia De Luce novels
Several works by Daphne Du Maurier like The House On The Strand

  • What would be the focus point of this article? Any particular reason why an author would write from the viewpoint of the opposite gender? – Ryan Errington 7 years ago
  • I thought this was an excellent idea. - 'Any particular reason why an author would write from the viewpoint of the opposite gender?' that would be the premise for writing an article on it. Case in point G.R.R.Martin is obviously a man, yet he does 'write women very well'. Peter Carey has also done this in The Chemistry of Tears. – Yama144 7 years ago
  • John Green (TFIOS) and James Patterson (Maximum Ride) are also good examples of this. Very interesting topic. – Mary Awad 7 years ago
  • Agatha Christie's detective novels, like Murder in Mesopotamia, were narrated by a male detective. She had multiple such characters that had separate qualities that fit separate situations and thus filled separate books. – Abhimanyu Shekhar 7 years ago
  • This is a great idea, I feel like it does need a slightly more focused analysis though - there are so many quotes from authors (particularly from male writers writing women) that simple back up the idea that they just write interesting people. It would maybe be interesting to see if there are any trends or tropes authors narrating in the opposite sex follow. Does this cross-narration fit into certain genres more than others? (a lot of the above seem to be crime or horror), Do we have many women writers narrating as men for love stories? Or male writers narrating as women for war stories? – Francesca Turauskis 7 years ago

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