Coverflip: If Books By Men Were By Women

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As Elissa Bassist’s recent Funny Women column “The Next Great American Woman’s Novel” reminded us, books by women tend to get treated a little…differently from books by men.

What would it look like if male authors’ novels were treated like Bassist’s hypothetical feminine masterpiece All the Single Ladies Just Wanna Have Fun?

Author Maureen Johnson challenged her Twitter followers to gender-flip the covers of books like A Game of Thrones and Freedom. Some of the best results are gathered in this amazing slideshow.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →