Books that matter

Books that move men: Camus’s The Outsider, Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five.

Books that move women: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, The Women’s Room by Marilyn French and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

The poll data are from the UK and the articles are interesting in their own right.  Thanks to for the pointers.


On a side note, I have always known Camus' 'The Outsider' as 'The Stranger'. The first time I saw the title translated as The Outsider was when I was in London a few years ago. Since this is a UK study, I assume that Tyler is adopting the UK translation of the title which was used in the report. But I wonder, why is the title translated different in the two countries?

On a related note, one can look at IMDB's detailed ratings to see which movies have large "gender gaps."
For instance, Seven Samurai is rated 8.9 by males, 7.3 by females:

Which is a huge 1.6 point gap. Most "chick flicks" seem to clock in just under a 1.0 gap the other direction.

"But I wonder, why is the title translated different in the two countries?"

To avoid confusion with the famous young people's book The Outsiders?

I'm not so sure. It's nice to translate in ways that take advantage of the etymological connections. The word "stranger" in English is essentially the same word as "etranger" in French. To me, that outweighs your thesaurus-churning arguments.

The gender gaps in the IMDB are very interesting. There are actually not many movies that have a gap as large as 1.0. The dynamics are probably complex; for example, an obscure movie will probably be seen largely by people who are lovers of the genre, and so will not be subject to the same set of tastes as one that has 100,000 votes.
Similarly once a movie passes a certain threshold of girliness/manliness the number of people who go against type to see and review it are a pretty strongly self-selectebunch. This would explain for example why women rate 'Five Deadly Venoms' (moderately obscure kung fu classic) or 'Disorder In the Court' (stooges) more highly than men do. Also why the male/female gap for 'Pride and Prejudice' is so small (P&J is the only movie I've found with more female voters than male, though). ... really cool.

Where is Hemingway on the list?
I figured at least one of his books would make the top 10.
For Whom The Bell Tolls, anyone?

Half Sigma, Don't you have a job or something else to do other than post on every Econ Blog around? Just wondering.

I hesitate to draw too many conclusions from a sample of Guardian readers.

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