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Letters from Proxima Thule

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Oh.. I was thinking about past Hugos and The Windup Girl in particular. The SF world seem to be set on its right to exploit far away lands, completely ignorant of the weight some tropes and choices carry. The awards sadly confirm public sentiment.

She's very hard to please. :) But I read Palimpsest because of her review and liked it. She does have a way of reviewing so that you can keep 'like' and 'good' separately and make an informed decision.

Very few people criticized Windup Girl. There is a certain critical inertia that can build up in our community--everyone likes it so no one can say anything against it. See all the defenses of Game of Thrones here when no one has said it was a bad book, and I myself have only said that it, like most medieval fantasy, is not actually realistic wrt the era. But people are really upset.

For the record, I haven't read WUG. The author, who is a friend, told me I would probably be upset by it back before it blew up, and I believed him.

Yes, I've seen a lot of this, especially at the cons. Everyone seems to be made of nice. Last year or the year before at Dragoncon a whole panel of writers and editors struggled to say something nice about Twilight. It was painful to watch.

It wasn't just Dragoncon, 'cause I wasn't there but I still got treated to a panel's worth of opinion that widespread bashing of Twilight was basically misogyny in action -- that because Twilight is concerned with feminine things, like The All-Importance of Getting The Guy, it was worthy of hate and ridicule.

And yes, well, I don't deny there's a component of there in the bashing trend, but is there not also room for criticizing Twilight for propogating to young women the very idea of the All Importance of Getting the Guy as the *defining* feminine concern? Not to mention idealizing abusive and controlling boyfriends?

The panel's response to a rebuttal along those lines was basically "Don't be ridiculous, young women aren't in danger of being brainwashed by messages in young adult novels. What, do you also blame video games for violence?"


I'm baffled by the amount of these 'subtle' messages spread all over the place - putting up with abusive behavior, giving up their plans, choosing colleges to follow their boyfriends, sacrifices upon sacrifices. And if (rare case) she gets to throw a jerk out, in the end... she gets a better guy.

I've seen all this TW empowering mess as well. Reminds me of old discussions about Rowling's progressiveness - see, she's got this one gay character...

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