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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 05:13 am (UTC)
NYT Review
I had written in another LJ my thoughts on this article, but it was the most ridiculous, narrow minded review ever. First, it insults my intelligence and all the other fab geek chics, and women out there who love fantasy. Hey, if I wanted to read about sex and romance,I'd go to the romance novel isle.

Personally, these books, to me, are for those who enjoy complex writing. What do I mean? I mean that they have a lot of characters, places, grudges, etc..to remember, and you need to be smart and want to engage in that type of reading. Most people are not able to follow, nor do they want to. I do not like simplicity in my TV or my reading, so I am a huge scifi geek. No shame here people! I am even going to an event to celebrate Judgement Day! And I am a sorority girl, former ad girl, and now teacher; believe me, I am the most unlikely scifi/fantasy geek, and I have always taken pride in it.

So that's it for here, I shall write in my blog as well, aggh!
But tomorrow night is the big night!! I have to go finish my reread now


George R.R. Martin
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