Here’s a Sunday link round-up with yet some more reactions on the subjects that have kept us occupied of late.
I have also found some more reactions to the nihilism in epic fantasy debate of the past week and a half.
Athena Andreadis argues that both “sides” of the debate represent just the same old testosterone club at the Apex blog. I agree with her there, because the two “sides” in this debate don’t really seem all that different. Fantasy as a genre is a lot bigger and more diverse than traditional epic fantasy, traditional sword and sorcery and the new dark and gritty epic fantasy. There are plenty of subgenres, traditions and styles beyond the “moral/black and white” vs. “nihilistic/realistic” dichotomy (which is false anyway).
Mary Catelli ponders the different meanings of “realistic” in the context of fiction. Blood, guts and gore are just one possible meaning.
One thing I’ve noticed during this discussion is that even though the discussion was dominated by men (and the authors mentioned usually were all male as well), the most thoughtful posts all came from women. But they got much less attention, probably because the men were shouting louder.
On a different note, Jeff Vandermeer claims that story is style and even that character is style. Not really surprising, since Jeff Vandermeer strikes me as a very style driven writer. I also wonder whether this is a response to the voice post by Kristine Kathryn Rusch I linked to yesterday.