Friday, May 20, 2016

The ''genre wars'' are over. There never was a genre war. The time now is to unite and fight the real enemy: man-made global warming!

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A friend in the cli-fi community said this the other day, and I like how she phrased it.

"Cli-fi is, I feel, more of an organizing theme than a genre. I think it's a useful way to describe an emerging trend in fiction."

What she said and how she phrased is an interesting angle to take on all this and I like it. There has been too much "genre wars" talk online in the past few years, with sci-fi writers taking aim at eco-fabulist writers (and vice versa) and with cli-fi haters taking aim at cli-fi lovers. There's no need for all this meshagus, whether on blog rants written by famous novelists or SFF forums that go online to mock and ridicule genres outside the SFF realm. Enough of these "genre wars." In fact, there is no such thing as "genre wars". Genres are not at war with each others. It was just some holier than thou people who think they know more than anyone else, and even some people with low self-esteem who get off on attacking people who have high esteem. Forget about it, already. The real war is against global warming and cliamte change, man-made global warming, and we need to unite in fghting all this. Genres do not matter. So fight climate change with romance novels, chick lit novels, sci fi novels, cli-fi novels, fantasy novels, mystery novels, thrillers and adventure sagas. Focus on the global enemey. Use whatever genre language you please. Stop attacking other genres. The genre wars are over. And remember that my friend in Boston said:

"Cli-fi is, I feel, more of an organizing theme than a genre. I think it's a useful way to describe an emerging trend in fiction."

1 comment:

Frank Norton said...

Agreed! Organize the troops.