Given all this desire we have to protect ourselves against this mysterious, spurious force of authority that slaps down genre fiction, this “us and them” mentality, do we stop ourselves from being properly critical within the genre itself?
We’re very quick at attacking those who criticise the SFF genre, and quite right too. But we’re painfully self-conscious and full of existential angst about being geeks. We throw words around like ‘snobbery’ and ‘respect’. But perhaps all this does is steer the focus away from actually getting to grips with the quality of genre fiction itself. It’s a smokescreen against us looking for literary themes and slick style and impressive content within SFF books.
Why aren’t people (particularly bloggers) rising to the challenge and actually digging deeper into the books themselves and sorting out the good books from the poor, so that we can wave the best in front of the faces of these mysterious non-existence authority forces and say, ‘See, this is literature too.’
Let the mainstream accept us as they are doing already, and relax a little. We’re already living in the age of post-genre.