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08 October 2009 @ 04:03 pm
OMG, things like this make me cranky.

I'm so TIRED of hearing how (insert genre here) isn't Real Art. Hey, whoever you are, you 'discerning reader' who eschews science fiction (or romance, or fantasy, or any other genre) as trash writing - why don't you try writing a book? Then we can see if it meets the criteria you assign to become "art".

EVEN WORSE, are the authors who eschew it!

Guess what? 1984 is science fiction! So is The Handmaid's Tale. And I don't care how often he denies it, Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth books are epic fantasy.

I write fiction that entertains, about characters that, no matter how fantastical the setting, suffer real problems and deep flaws, just like real people. They laugh, they fight, they cry, they embarrass themselves, and yes, sometimes they even have sex! I am never going to apologize for that. I don't care whether or not the masses think it is "artistic". I don't care whether telepathic space pirates ultimately gets shelved in SF/F, or Romance. I just hope a bunch of people end up enjoying the hours they spend reading it.

You know, assuming it someday gets published.
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The Proverbial Bull in a China Shop...: Lafayettesabaceanbabe on October 8th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
Amen. Hallelujah. So say we frakking all.
Dragonsinger: McKenna/Tristan seedragonsinger on October 8th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
Hear! Hear! I completely agree!
Patron Saint of Pessimism: Lock And Loadwoodrunner on October 8th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
I read that same article the other day and rolled my eyes when I saw the bit about Atwood eschewing her own book as science fiction. She's been doing that for years. I'm at the point where I roll my eyes, think, yes, dear, we know, you don't think so, but it really is, and skip the article entirely, because I've read something like it so many times before.

She's not the only author who does that. It's irritating all to hell.

So I'm with you on that one. Telepathic space pirates for the win. And you will be published one day! Soon!

Veronica Mars is smarter than you (and me): arthur castus is a kingjulietlaw on October 9th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)

Sounds like my mother who rolls her eyes whenever she asks me what I'm reading and I mention vampires or werewolves or other supernatural beings -- just finished Undone so the most recent answer was Djinn.

She kinda only reads bad romances and tough/sad dramas so she can talk!

Why can't people accept that the whole point of reading is to have fun and feel better? Oh wait, that's why we have television. Who needs books any more?
Veronica Mars is smarter than you (and me): jensen is a hotassjulietlaw on October 11th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
fictional characters having sex
Oh! I just remembered about this.

Claire and Henry from The Time Traveler's Wife (don't know if you've read it) make love, have sex and fuck all. the. time. I was overjoyed to discover that at least one "dramatic" author on this planet realizes that normal couples have sex and that characters should too if they're supposed to be 3 dimensional. It's never as detailed as in fanfiction or SF/fantasy but it's definitely more than, "we had sex then fell asleep."

You can tell that to people next time. ;)