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Old May 18 2014, 03:24 PM   #16
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Re: The Guardian's Damien Walter on the franchise novel

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It's a good article, if a bit narrow in its examination of the field.

Sadly, the reader comments that follow the article are the usual disappointing melange — complaints of "franchise novels" just being printed television, or repeating the ignorant belief that one must have seen every episode and have read every previous novel in order to enjoy the newest ones, or that franchise novels "bring nothing new or original" to the page.

I give the article's author a polite hat-tip for trying to give media tie-in novels a fair shake, but I want to kick the shit out of some of his dumbfuck readers.
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Old May 18 2014, 04:38 PM   #17
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Re: The Guardian's Damien Walter on the franchise novel

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It just seems odd to me, I guess. I wouldn't expect anyone to like all "classic literature"-- but then, who likes all kinds of science fiction? But it just seems unlikely that there'd be no "classic literature" someone might respond to emotionally.
Well, I do have a tendency (one I'm not exactly apologetic for, but which I acknowledge can be troublesome) to be rather pronounced - very likely far too much so in most peoples' perspectives - in my desire to distance myself from what I perceive as a collective series of cultural assumptions. It can cause me to be a little frustrating at times, I imagine.
Is that what makes sf appealing to you? Is that what you're saying? (N.B. Just interested and trying to clarify your position.)

Also, my post up there was poorly phrased and not at all thought out, as evidenced by the fact that I had to then try to clarify myself over several other posts, so, really, my foul.
No problem-- I probably came off stronger than I should have, too. As someone who works in both literary studies and tie-in fiction, I can get defensive on both ends: academics who sneer at sf* and sf fans who sneer at "literature" both set me off!

* Thankfully, I see a lot less of this in the current generation of rising academics than in older members of the academy. I can't move six feet in grad school without hitting a Doctor Who fan these days.
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