onger headlines like "Eco-Fiction catching in colleges nationwide" or "Ecolit catching on in nation's colleges" or "anthropocene fiction'' catching on with colleges nationwide" or even "Climate fiction catching on with colleges classes nationwide" -- all of which are good terms -- they are too long for print media purposes where space is a priority and where catching eyeballs is paramount. and they just don't have ''the eye catching APPEAL of the short five letter moniker ''we use now for cli-fi.
It's a term ''made for the media headline world,'' and I planned it that way.
Unlike novelists and data base archivists, I am a creature of the media, i am a lifelong reporter, and when i coined cli-fi as a short nickname i had a ''hunch'' it might catch with media headline writers. I was right. THEY LOVE IT..... As for literary critics and top novelists and literary theorist, who are long form novel writers and literary people, I am a media person through and through and i only think in media headline terms.
So that's all I ever tried to do with cli-fi. Give it ''a place in the media'' and see if it might catch on and serve a purpose. I was right. It did catch on and it DOES serve a purpose in its own small way.
But if other people don't want to use the term, that's fine. I didn't create the cli-fi term for them. I created it for newspaper editors and newspaper reporters first and foremost. It worked!