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Mon Oct 18, 2021, 06:46 AM

Female Spanish thriller writer Carmen Mola revealed to be three men

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/oct/16/female-spanish-thriller-writer-carmen-mola-revealed-to-be-three-men

A million euro literary prize has lured three Spanish men out of anonymity, to reveal that they are behind ultra-violent Spanish crime thrillers marketed as the work of “Spain’s Elena Ferrante”

The men, all in their 40s and 50s, denied choosing a female pseudonym to help sell the books. “We didn’t hide behind a woman, we hid behind a name,” Antonio Mercero told Spanish newspaper El País. “I don’t know if a female pseudonym would sell more than a male one, I don’t have the faintest idea, but I doubt it.”


Beatriz Gimeno, a feminist, writer, activist – and former head of one of Spain’s national equality bodies, the Women’s Institute – attacked the men for creating a female persona in their publicity for Carmen Mola books, over several years.


Last year, a regional branch of the Women’s Institute recommended one of Mola’s works as part of a selection of books by female authors including Margaret Atwood that could “help us understand the reality and the experiences of women in different periods of history and contribute to raising awareness about rights and freedoms”.

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There is something refreshingly hilarious about all this. It is gender politics put in a blender and the button hit all so softly.



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cinematicdiversions Oct 18 OP
malaise Oct 18 #1
PJMcK Oct 18 #2
localroger Oct 18 #3
DavidDvorkin Oct 18 #4
FakeNoose Oct 18 #5
ananda Oct 18 #6
OilemFirchen Oct 18 #7

Response to cinematicdiversions (Original post)

Mon Oct 18, 2021, 06:57 AM

1. Agree - get thee to the greatest page for

visibility

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Response to cinematicdiversions (Original post)

Mon Oct 18, 2021, 07:13 AM

2. You're right - - This is hysterical!

This reminds of the climax of "Tootsie" and when Clifford Irving tried to pedal a Howard Hughes "autobiography" back in the early 1970s all mixed in with Mike McGrady et al. (aka, Penelope Ashe: "Naked Came The Stranger" with a dash of Rachel Dolezal!

Of course, there are all kinds of societal elements but that's what makes it fun!

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Response to cinematicdiversions (Original post)

Mon Oct 18, 2021, 07:51 AM

3. Well Dick Francis turned out to actually be his wife, so turnabout I suppose /nt

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Response to localroger (Reply #3)

Mon Oct 18, 2021, 09:47 AM

4. That's really not fair

Dick Francis did do the actual writing.

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Response to cinematicdiversions (Original post)

Mon Oct 18, 2021, 10:21 AM

5. I believe this happens more often that most of us realize

I grew up with Nancy Drew mystery novels, and it wasn't until I was well into my 30's that I learned that there never was an author named "Carolyn Keene." It was a series of writers (mostly men) who all stuck to the same Nancy Drew mystery formula. They were paid for their work, but they remained anonymous because the Carolyn Keene pen name had become a successful franchise.

Recently some authors are "partnering" with a famous person - for example Bill Clinton - and both get the authoring credit. What really happens is one person does the heavy writing while the other looks over his shoulder and makes a few suggestions. The author Anne Rice became so successful and synonymous with vampire and horror stories, that she adopted a different pen name in order to publish women's erotica stories that weren't about vampires. However the fans of Anne Rice books (the books marketed as vampire novels) became confused when she later published religious stories and biblical tales under her real name, Anne Rice. The vampire fans were turned off.

In the case of the Spanish authors, they're OK with partnering under the pen name of "Carmen Mola" because it's very difficult for young unknown writers to get published. When you hit on a formula that succeeds, you keep it going as long as possible. When the fans learn about the deception, I guess they feel confused and let down.

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Response to cinematicdiversions (Original post)

Mon Oct 18, 2021, 10:24 AM

6. That -is- pretty funny.

Whodathunkit.

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Mon Oct 18, 2021, 10:35 AM

7. Otto Penzler: "Ellery Queen clearly is, after Poe, the most important American in mystery fiction."

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