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The planned-market book - YA fantasy and SF
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The planned-market book
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izhilzha From: izhilzha Date: August 2nd, 2006 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Is there a genre difference between SF/F and mundanefic that would explain this?

There may be. I mean, the Sisterhood books and their ilk make pretty straightforward judgments about teen girls; I have hated such books with a passion ever since I accidentally read a couple of them.

Whereas sf/f, by default, is at a creative remove from such judgments. Even if a series like Warriors was written because they figured it would have a market, it requires a large amount of creativity to pull off believably, and it's about cats--not teen girls.

The fantasy is a healthy one, to use a thought I'm either pulling from Tolkien's Essay on Fairie-Stories or Lewis' book on criticism (I have neither currently to hand). It takes the reader out of their own selfish world for a while and makes them think more broadly than their own desires. Not so some of the more directly marketed "teen" books, which target the same wish-fulfillment niche that romance novels do.

IMHO.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 2nd, 2006 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
It takes the reader out of their own selfish world for a while and makes them think more broadly than their own desires.

I think that may be a big part of why I would give it a pass. The very nature of the genre takes the reader out of the claustrophobic everyday world. More importantly, it also takes the writer out of it. Even if it's done "on demand," the writer has to move out of narrow places and come up with a whole world.
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