Monday, December 19, 2011
A Private Letter from Genre To Literature
Daniel Abraham, a science fiction writer (seen in the above photo), wrote an amusing piece for sfsignal.com about the clash between genre fiction and literary fiction in the form of a letter from the former to the latter.
But allow me this, dear: what you do is crueler. You take the best of me, my most glorious moments - Ursula LeGuin and Dashiell Hammet, Mary Shelly and Philip Dick - and you claim them for your own. You say that they "transcend genre". There are no more heartless words than those. You disarm me. You know, I think, that if we were to compare our projects honestly -- my best to yours, my mediocrities to yours, our failures lumped together -- this division between us would vanish, and so you skim away my cream and mock me for being only milk.
You can read the rest of the piece via the below link: