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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.


Elaine Clifford
Apr. 18th, 2011 08:50 am (UTC)
Love you back!
I was outraged, flabbergasted and seriously pissed by Ginia Bellafante's so called female perspective on the female fantasy mindset. I mean Really?! How seriously skewed is her opinion? Hey everyone is entitled to their own but to stick a general label on the female fan base as a whole to reflect her feelings is just stretching her review beyond "her" opinion and labeling all female fans as some kind of sex-crazed nympho is stretching reality a bit too much. I mean come on, I admit I like a little sex and romance thrown into the storyline, but then I also like intriguing plots, lots of movement across the board and violence and strategy scenes too. I prefer a good fantasy story with strong characters and a well thought out world. The fantasy books and movies I enjoy have to have all those elements for it to work for ME. So all I can say is Bellafante can speak for herself and I will do the same. I hope all fantasy fans on the web make sure their voice is heard in response to help drown out and smack down her assumption that she has even a remote clue about anything in the fantasy sci-fi genre or how it pertains to us females. I for one am glad her ass just got handed to her.


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