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


Apr. 17th, 2011 09:54 am (UTC)
I know, that TIMES review was terrible, and I can't believe how it was approved for posting!
If ''geek'' is what I should be called, because I love fantasy and epics and I laugh at ''Sex and the City'' for showing women as consumerism freaks with no personality whatsoever, then geek I am, and a very proud one! I think fantasy is the best type of art, because it is about imagination and greatness and artistic liberty, and I, too, can't believe there are still people out there who hate fantasy just because ''the author can decide winter lasts ten years'' and ''I'm too much of a reality freak to accept that without a scientific explanation''. And it's not that I don't love/adore other types of shows and books. I watch dramas, silly girly dramas, comedies, historical shows, epics, and I watch fantasy. And I appreciate quality where I see it. When I was 9 I read Harry Potter. It did not get me into reading because I was already a bookworm, but it did get me into fantasy and magic and dragons. Then along came Lord of the Rings, which was incomparable to HP, and I spent my whole teenage years reading and re-reading Tolkien. Now I'm 18, and I for about 2 years I had been searching for a new epic, great series to immerse myself into, and ASOIAF came along. I live in Greece where nobody knows about it, so I was lucky to learn about it through livejournal. And I think it's the best series I've ever read. I can only laugh at those people who hate fantasy just because they can't get their imaginations to work. Bad for them, good for us!


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