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SF Tidbits for 6/13/08

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

3 Comments on SF Tidbits for 6/13/08

  1. joshua corning // June 13, 2008 at 2:02 am //

    By way of an answer, let me first say what every genre of film has in common: Classics. Comedy has Some Like it Hot and The Philadelphia Story (to name but two). Westerns have High Noon and Unforgiven. Suspense and horror? Psycho and The Exorcist. And so on. No matter the category, you end up with a list of films that are not only classics in the genre, but also excellent motion pictures, period.

    Science fiction has its classics, too, from Metropolis to 2001 to Blade Runner. But what makes science fiction different than every other genre of film — what makes it unique, for better or worse — is that a strangely high percentage of the classics of the genre are not good films; some are structurally flawed in major ways, while others are just plain awful.

    I guess Scalzi has never seen a spaghetti western or any of the Friday the 13th movies…

    Or does he honestly think these movies are not classics that had major impacts on their respective genres?

    He might get away with saying Sci Fi has a higher portion of “bad” classics then Comedies and maybe even Westerns….but Horror???

    I think not.

  2. I don’t have to “submit to the critical tyranny” to find book reviews useful. I read reviews _after_ I read the book. Reading is not only a personal act, but a social one. I notice a lot of book clubs -both online and ftf groups- that testify to the enjoyment people get from sharing their views and listening to others. For me, reading book reviews are part of my listening process.

  3. edit: reading _is_, book reviews _are_. (sigh)

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