Are Fantasy Tropes a Punk Response to Literature (via @tordotcom)

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Stephen Minchin from Steam Press is a great source of interesting writing links, and I recently noticed this post on his twitter account.

Does incorporation of the fantastic constitute a punk moment of defiance for writers?

It's a cool little discussion on, and because Literature vs Genre is the kind of endless circular debate ideal for a few drinks at the bar, I found myself smirking at paragraphs like these:

Perhaps a real punk wouldn’t call themselves a punk, but the notion of protesting an institutionalized notion of art is likely a result of some amount of stigma or shame associated with the (punk) choice. Someone with a literary background like Grossman is going to be faced with more stigma or shame when he goes genre than someone like George R. R. Martin when he pulls a slightly punk move in Game of Thrones by not having it necessarily be about a big bad guy or quest. Perhaps Martin never faced the stigma, so the “risks” he took seem less punk than Grossman.

Have a skim through. I'm enjoying the blurring of genre lines in modern fiction. Could it be that clear distinctions between fiction genres are mostly for the benefit of marketing departments?

Read it here, folks: