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    mattymoron

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    Fantasy and Sci-Fi

    Post  mattymoron on Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:33 am

    Do you think that people unfairly dismiss fantasy and science fiction as trashy or worthless from a literary perspective?


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    CallMeNegro

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    Re: Fantasy and Sci-Fi

    Post  CallMeNegro on Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:46 pm

    Anything should be dismissed from a literally perspective.
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    mattymoron

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    Re: Fantasy and Sci-Fi

    Post  mattymoron on Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:14 pm

    Oh, woops.

    Priscilla

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    Re: Fantasy and Sci-Fi

    Post  Priscilla on Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:55 pm

    mattymoron wrote:Do you think that people unfairly dismiss fantasy and science fiction as trashy or worthless from a literary perspective?
    Yes. I think everyone does it with genres of writing. I personally see nothing good in "crime" books they just seem like a waste of paper to me. Fantasy I enjoy, but when I'm reading it it feels like nothing much was gained from doing so.
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    Re: Fantasy and Sci-Fi

    Post  Mendelson on Thu May 03, 2012 6:40 am

    Yes, and a lot of times I agree with that sentiment. Scifi can be to neckbeards what Harlequin romance is to soccer moms. BUT--some of it is really good. I've read 6 or so of Philip K. Dick's (I'm something of a Dick-lover) novels and a bunch of his short stories. It seems like as long as a scifi author is telling a story and using the future or robots as tools for explaining something deeper, then it's definitely just as good as any straight literary story.

    If an author is just writing about jet-packs and flying cars as ends in themselves, then I can see why some people wouldn't enjoy it.

    Still, I think a lot of works considered literary definitely have strong scifi elements but seem to have graduated to more respected shelves in the book stores: Slaughter-House Five, Gravity's Rainbow, Infinite Jest, etc. Then again, I guess these examples could all be labeled as post-modern and the scifi may just be part of the pastiche.

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