[LMB] genres and Miles
howard at brazee.net
Sun Jan 30 23:35:02 GMT 2011
On Jan 30, 2011, at 3:18 PM, Natali Vilic wrote:
> Hence the placement of the books in libraries can become very
> confusing for both librarians and users.
> I personally find it very irritating, the way some
> SF readers/critics are elitists in favour of SF against
> Fantasy, the same way as "serious literature" readers/critics
> are elitists in favour of "serious literature" as they
> define it, against both SF and Fantasy, as well as Mystery,
> Romance, Westerns and such. Mr. Suvin defended SF against
> such elitism, that much I know (I have but superficial knowledge
> about his work), but according to the above, he was also
> a kind of elitist. IMHO, there is no justification for not
> extending his argument (95% of published poetry is bad and
> yet no one refuses to analyze poetry) on other popular genres
A lot of people aren't so much elitist, as they are in the mood for one sub-genre and want to have a limited search.
The same thing happens when we the F or SF book is in "literature" or "adventure".
But it doesn't work to demand that everything fits into easy to understand categories.
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