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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?
(2) thank you, geek girls! I love you all.


Apr. 16th, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
Ginia Bellafonte probably thought the S&TC movies were great. (I will admit to liking the series, but the first movie was the final straw in ridiculousness, as it took seriously what was originally all fun. It would be akin to making a serious-minded movie out of Entourage -- a series that I find extremely amusing to no end.)

Considering her distaste for violence, I have to ask:

1.) What did she expect?

And perhaps more importantly:

2.) Did not the Sopranos, Deadwood, Rome, and The Wire -- which she adores (as do I) -- also revolve around violence and sex?

It's clear to me that Bellafonte is a whiny anti-fantasy wench who couldn't hold a sword to Arya and her Needle. Cersei would no doubt have her head for dinner -- and her heart for dessert. (And I'd pay to see that.) :)

Not only do girls love your series, but also gay men like me. It ain't just for the stereotypical pimply-faced sexually-frustrated D&D straight males -- a stereotype that is highly outnumbered at Cons these days -- but for people from all walks of life. Nothing irritates me more than a snobbish literary know-it-all who can't read or think outside of established NYC and LA circles and salons. (I hail from Seattle, by the by.)

Consider yourself lucky, George, that you don't have Bellafonte as a fan. The success of this series will be testament that she's clueless. (Can't wait until tomorrow night!)

Peace out. :)


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