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Boy Fiction?

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

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kanis13
Jun. 23rd, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
To show the other side: I'm a fantasy loving geek girl and don't like Game of Thrones.

I hate the Times statement that "women could not possibly like fantasy unless a lot of graphic sex was added to it". I like fantasy but I'm really tired of all the sex scenes and the amount of breasts (and full frontal female nudity - but never full frontal male nudity) you see especially in recent American pay-tv series. I couldn't care less about the graphic sex scenes which seems to become longer and longer and more and more graphic. I'm an adult I don't need to be shown minutes of thrusting and moaning to get that they are having sex. Use the time for dialogue or whatever.
This woman shouldn't generalize for all women - and being a geek girl also doesn't automatically mean you like Game of Thrones.

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