Friday, April 22, 2011

Insightful discussion of the recent kerfuffles over fantasy

If you've been following the uproar over the NYT and Slate reviews of HBO's Game of Thrones, or the petition against the BBC's book night, you would do well to take a look at this link from John H. Stevens at SFSignal. He has some really interesting and insightful things to say.


  1. Wow, I hadn't heard about any of this yet. Can't believe the NYT article. The sad part is that lots of people will read that review and base their feelings about Fantasy on what they read.

  2. It is a shame, Scott. The NYT article managed to insult women and fantasy at the same time. This kind of discourse creates a monolithic picture of fantasy as distinct from the normal and possessing of particular features, when fantasy permeates mainstream work as well. Thanks for commenting.

  3. So they sneer at fantasy because the books people really read are mainstream, not fantasy?

    Two words: HARRY POTTER.