Stiefvater: I think that women authors in particular are asked to be nice online. Always nice, always nurturing, never aggressive. It seems like this should spare them the slings and arrows of online misfortune. But in reality, it just takes away our weapons. I looked around at authors like Chuck Wendig and John Scalzi and I thought — they get to say what they want. When something’s bullsh-t, they’re allowed to call bullsh-t.
Clare: I mean we, Maggie and I, are women whose fans are often young girls and women, and they’ve grown up in this world that tells them that successful women are monsters, and that any woman who acknowledges her hard work or success is to be deplored and dehumanized. You often see people talking about female writers and creators saying, “She thinks she’s so great,” “She thinks she’s a Queen!,” “She thinks people should bow down to her,” etc; there’s usually no evidence of that beyond the fact that they’re successful and not self-loathing. I wish that wasn’t a problem for women — I wish these young girls were growing up in a world where it was okay for them to think they were so great.
–Maggie Stiefvater and Cassandra Clare on nice.
This is from an interview with Stiefvater and Clare talking about the often-toxic relationship between fans and creators, and how that differs from being an author with readers. Plus Stiefvater does a call-out on the trend of referring to even positive things with negative emotions–all that stuff about calling someone you love “trash” in an “affectionate” way–and how that potentially impacts discourse around what’s seen as acceptable reactions to things.
Basically this whole interview is really interesting if you have any investment whatsoever in fandom dynamics, and particularly the gendering of such.