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Does incorporation of the fantastic constitute a punk moment of defiance for writers?
It's a cool little discussion on Tor.com, 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?