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Poll #1: Subgenre prejudice

Quick! Be dismissive of a subgenre!

Urban fantasy
Military sf

Apropos of a passing comment of aliettedb's in the WorldSF Blog's (Global) Women in SF Round table discusion.

UF is very easily dismissed in the debate, and it’s making me quite ill at ease. In “male” terms, one possible analogue of UF would be military SF–which is overwhelmingly written by men–but I don’t see it being military SF being dismissed quite as fast as UF.



Jul. 21st, 2011 10:35 am (UTC)
I actually couldn't perform the dismissal of either quickly
- I think the fact that 'Urban Fantasy' no longer means what it did when I first saw the term meant I had to immediately think "remember, Urban Fantasy no longer means the same subgenre as it did when you first met the term! " followed by all sorts ofother thiought about how I knew of well written, intelligent stuff that could be lumped under either term, and know people who write stuff that could be lumped under one or 'toher of those terms...
And when it came to thinking - so which one has more utter crap that I marvel at how such things *ever* made it past the slushpile I was already thiningi too long and could only think "honestly , I don't know which one is more easily dismissed than the other. "
I will admit to approaching both with the thought that the vast majority of what is published as *either* is going to be not my kind of thing - but that still leave me with radio button indecision - and by then, it's not a snap dismissal of one more than the other anymore either!
Jul. 21st, 2011 10:45 am (UTC)
p.s. I wrote the above up as I think it might be interesting in it's own right? the tl;dr is I'm inclined to dismiss both - but not entirely dismiss either
(whereas for the former meaning of 'Urban Fantasy' == punk rock elves I was predisposed to expect it to very much my kind of thing and also tended to expect more of it to be writing I would like too - which was a prejudice based on the authors I liked who wrote it, and the editors I liked who tended to edit the anthologies of such stuff, inlcingin me to expect other authors/ editors within the-subgenre-formerly-known-as-urban-fantasy-before- someone-took-the-term-and-applied-it-to-a-different-sort of-story-instead-leaving-me-with-subgenre-label-confusion-issues ;-) to be ssomething I'd like too )