I came across some interesting information last week. It appears that more women than men now go to the movies. In fact, the MPAA reported of those in the 18-24 demographic who go to the movies more than once a month, that 3.4 of the 6.5 million are women. That’s 52.3% for those of you scoring at home, or in other words, more than half. If you figure that a reasonable percentage of the 3.1 million young men are only buying tickets because they’re on a date, that indicates a female ticket-buying influence that could theoretically approach conventional household spending levels in the 70-80% range. This has some interesting implications for what movies are made in the future. While it may speak well for more attention to dialogue and character development, I’m not so sure this is a positive development for fans of adventure fiction.
I don’t happen to care one way or the other myself since I much prefer books and games. I think the last movie I saw in the theater was The Return of the King. But it is clear that there has definitely been a sea change in the SF/F literary genre since urban fantasy became big, and it will be interesting to see if the movie industry follows the same pattern.