Why do you bother visiting this blog when I don’t care to cover "core genre" fantasy/SF anymore?
March 1, 2012 § 19 Comments
- Saladin Ahmed, The Throne of the Crescent Moon (which was a very good debut novel)
- Ian Cameron Esslemont, Orb, Sceptre, Throne (a weaker effort from him)
- Eduardo Jiménez Mayo and Chris N. Brown (eds.), Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic (it was not a good anthology at all; very disappointed with virtually all the stories)
I just don’t like what is being produced that much outside of weird fiction, which I often tend to separate from the various fantasies (epic, sword and sorcery, urban) and SF. The writing, especially for more recent works, tends to be dialogue-heavy with a “cinematic” feel to it. I hate most Hollywood productions of the past two generations for their formulaic approach to storytelling and I feel more and more the same way to see what I’m seeing published from the main genre imprints. I don’t want to read about another “gritty” badass that lives in “shades of grey” (as if that really means something in a technicolor world), spouting off tired clichés that are meant to be appealing to the callow at heart. I really don’t want to encounter what I consider to be reactionary social positions regarding class, religion, gender, sexuality, nationality, race, etc. When I read fans of certain writers arguing that certain groups (insert group of choice here) “have to be repressed” because “it is realistic,” I just want to shake my head. Or I want to just walk away from it all.
So with that growing antipathy for a certain segment of publishing occurring, why do people bother to visit here when I am becoming much more interested in weird fiction, realist novels, and especially poetry? It does confuse me to see that I have almost as high of an audience now as I did 2-3 years ago when I did cover more of the newer “core genre” releases. Am I covering something different that people want to read? I don’t know. It’s just something that’s puzzling me, so I thought I’d just ask those reading this who have followed this blog for a while, why do you still read this blog when my focus has changed so much over the years?