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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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Adi Infernity Berman
Apr. 17th, 2011 11:25 am (UTC)
Put the Foolish Wench to the Sword.
Gawd, this review was OUTRAGEOUS!

This stupid wench has obviously never read the books.
She simply said so many retarded things!
As much as I love D&D and the world of Forgotten Realms, it's not even comparable, it's absolutely different, a unique masterpiece that shouldn't even get bad reviews at all ( I speak of the book here, I am yet to have started watching it).

She has never met girls who like it because she simply never sought them up because she's a closed-minded fool who only reads Times and probably never got laid either.
I never met any drug dealer in my life, let us then assume drug dealers are but an urban legend! Ugh so stupid.

This woman should seriously be put to the sword (or maybe if she's to be put to a cock she will think more lucidly).

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