..at least that’s the impression I get when I read a post from Matthew Sanborn Smith, who has had enough genre-bashing…he’s taking his books and going home:
This isn’t just about the blog comments, e-mails and forum posts of the last week. This is about the blog posts and comments, emails and forum posts, editorials and everything else from the last few years. The genre-bashing has reached felonious levels. I have read (and yes, partaken in) so much sub-genre and author clobbering that I’m starting to feel nauseous. And I can taste the blood and bile burning up my esophagus.
I’m not sure I feel as passionate about this as Matt does, but I do see his point. Having immersed myself in the community for a few years, I can definitely see cycles in the arguments, enough that it seems like someone somewhere is perennially unhappy. Look! Here comes another wave of “Short fiction is dead” posts! Or pro/anti-mundane sf arguments! Or gender equality rants! Or “sf is getting dumbed down” posts! Or…you get the picture.
Healthy discussion is always good, of course, and there are certainly plenty of good discussions going on in the blogosphere. I think there is more good discourse happening than genre slamming. But I wonder…is Matt’s impression more widespread than I think it is? Has the sf community turned into a bunch of drones whining about the genre they love? What do you think?