Log in

Previous Entry | Next Entry

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


Elena Amici
Apr. 16th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
I like "Boys with boobs". LOL
Am i the only one who reading the review thought Ms. Bellafante hasn't watch the show at all? It was funny, the global warming part made me laugh out loud :D
Apr. 17th, 2011 03:21 am (UTC)
My jaw certainly dropped when Tyrion's stature was cited as one of the signifiers of it being a fantasy novel set in a world with which nobody could possibly identify.

Yep. Writing about grown adults of diminutive stature - that's just CRAZY! That George RR Martin, writing ridiculous fantasy nonsense with dwarves! How could anybody (especially a woman) be remotely interested in such an impossible protagonist?

...Yeah. I bet Peter Drinklage totally agrees with you about how whacky that is, Ms Bellafante. Or, you know. Not.

(Pretty painfully clear that she'd given the show only a very cursory viewing, to come away with the understanding that this is Tolkien-style worldbuilding. And yet she gets a pay cheque for this stuff.)


George R.R. Martin
George R. R. Martin

Latest Month

March 2017


Page Summary

Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Lilia Ahner