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Boy Fiction?

I usually make it a policy not to comment on reviews, especially negative reviewers. When you put your art out there in the marketplace on public view, some are going to like and some are going to hate it. Comes with the territory. And like Superchicken always said, I knew the job was dangerous when I took it.

Normally, I would not even comment on something as spectacularly wrong-headed and condescending as the review of the HBO series GAME OF THRONES recenltly published in the NEW YORK TIMES. There have been dozens and dozens of reviews of the show coming out all over the place, in newspaper and magazines, on television and radio, and of course on the web. Most, I am pleased to say, have been very good, but of course there are some bad ones as well. C'est la vie.

((Okay, I will confess, it does cheese me when I come across a reviewer who simply hates all fantasy. I had hoped that kind of literary snobbism was extinct, or nearly so. Maybe not.))

But the startling assertion in the TIMES review that women could not possibly like fantasy unless a lot of graphic sex was added to it (??) has prompted me to break my "no comment" rule. At least to extent of this post.

I see this morning that legions of female fantasy readers and self-proclaimed "geek girls" and "scifi chicks" have risen up all over the internet to say all the things that I'm too polite and too busy to say. And a lot more besides. I'd link to their blogs and posts here, but it would take hours. Google will lead you to them, if you're interested. It would seem that so many outraged emails and posts poured into the TIMES that they had to shut down the comments section for the review.

I am not going to get into it myself, except to say
(1) if I am writing "boy fiction," who are all those boys with breasts who keep turning up by the hundreds at my signings and readings?
and
(2) thank you, geek girls! I love you all.

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lilysea
Apr. 16th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
Didn't see the review and haven't read the books, but I can't wait for the show. I am a half-hearted fantasy fan, who spent too many years in grad school reading American literature to have had time to get as deeply into the genre as I might have enjoyed.
Now I'm writing historical fiction myself, which I think is a cousin of epic fantasy and I have even more respect for the genre's biggest and best writers. I do wish more women were writing this stuff from their point of view, but from what I've seen, Game of Thrones is going to have some fabulous female characters, as HBO tends to.
Beside the point, but also: I have really enjoyed seeing you in the interviews in the preview material. You remind me of a dear family friend. That image in the back of mind is bound to make the show even that much more appealing as I watch it.
Can't wait--and congratulations. Getting an HBO series is the best revenge against the anti-fantasy snobs.

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