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Genre-Zombie says: I can has critic?
Because once these things get stuck in your head, the only thing to do is let them work themselves out, like a mild fever:




(Inspired by Ursula Le Guin's vignette in Ansible 240)

Who will save Serious Literature from the corrupting touch of Genre Fiction? Not Philip Roth - he writes AUs and knockoffs of Kafka fantasy!

(Blame it on the heat and the lack of full-time jobs for people with no more credentials than a liberal arts B.A. - the more stressed out I get, the weirder I get, which is admittedly not a terribly helpful response...)

Note: as of 11:30 EST this morning there is a new & improved version, with only a slightly-foxed cover, and you can click here for the hires pdf chapbook edition.(4MB)

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From: deiseach Date: July 6th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

*applauds wildly*

From the friends of the neighbours of the writers for the cousins of the directors whose workmates used to go out with the producers of the infamous

"ATTACK OF THE MAN-HATING FEMINAZIS!"

and the fearsome

"FAT, UGLY LESBIANS COMPLAIN ABOUT SEXY FEMALES ON COMIC BOOK COVERS!
(- But if they're lesbians, wouldn't they *like* sexy females on comic book covers? - Shut up, man, do you want people to think you're gay?)"

and the notorious

"WE'RE AMATEURS AND WE'RE STEALING YOUR READERSHIP, BWAHAHAHA!"

comes the latest in spine-tingling terror:

No-one is safe in their bed!

No-one is safe in their library!

No-one is safe in their bcokshop!

Out of the mist it shambled, mewling and oozing - it's hungry for brains (and good taste, a place in the Canon of Western Literature, a couple of paragraphs in, say, The Times Literary Supplement or The Modern Review, and hey, a bursary from the Arts Council or a week at Annamakerig would be nice, too) and it wants to eat yours!!!!!

Pixel-stained Technopeasant Wretches are proud to present:

THE RETURN OF THE GENRE-ZOMBIE

Do YOU dare examine your bookshelves tonight?
fledgist From: fledgist Date: July 7th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *applauds wildly*

Mewling? Wouldn't that be Return of the Genre-Zombie-Lolcatz?

That's just wonderful!!!
acaciaonnastik From: acaciaonnastik Date: July 6th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
~laughs self into coughing fit~
bellatrys From: bellatrys Date: July 7th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh good, glad Icould help

clearing out your lungs!

[d&rlh]
fledgist From: fledgist Date: July 7th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC) (Link)
That is just perfect!!
nenya_kanadka From: nenya_kanadka Date: July 7th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Hah!
nenya_kanadka From: nenya_kanadka Date: July 7th, 2007 06:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Totally OT, but...

I can't seem to find this anywhere and I want to show it to people at the Valmar Project so that we won't be duplicating effort. I seem to recall that you once did a detailed family tree of all the Elven families from the Silmarillion/LOTR, from the the first three Elves down to Aragorn & Arwen's family. I remember saving it to my computer and everything. But that was two computers and a cross-country move ago and now I can't find it (nor does my Google-fu seem strong today). Am I just imagining this or did you make it? If it still exists online, could you point me in the proper direction?

Thanks terribly much....
bellatrys From: bellatrys Date: July 7th, 2007 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Sure can!

nenya_kanadka From: nenya_kanadka Date: July 7th, 2007 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Sure can!

Thank you thank you thank you! *felicitous three bows*

PS Egad, I have a grasshopper in my living room! Crawling across my rug. At least I think it's a grasshopper, it's got big hind legs but a kinda weird body...hmm, this bugs-crawling-under-the-front-door thing is only going to get worse over a southern summer, innit? *sigh*

(The fireflies at night kinda make up for it, though! Never had those in Canada!)
sethg_prime From: sethg_prime Date: July 8th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I am reminded of a T-shirt that a classmate of mine in Intro to Women's Studies wore, with a picture of women on the moon in 50's-style spacesuits and the title "RADICAL FEMINISTS IN SPACE". My classmate said this was a feminist/SF/political bookstore in Willamantic, CT.

The store appears to have gone out of business, which is a damn shame, because I would love to have one of those T-shirts.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 9th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

that is teh awsumness

Hope you don't mind my linking to it. I mean...

I can has picture? it be thousand werds. Srsly gr8 ;)

RfP (http://www.readforpleasure.com)
fledgist From: fledgist Date: July 9th, 2007 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes, because of course...

Well, that last was an improvement over the WWII film cliche', the ethnic types all dying while the lantern-jawed wasp got the girls and glory. Not much of one, but still one.

You're right, there did tend to be a lot of shifting from character to character, and not enough development of most of them (even Janeway was wise mother from beginning to end, nothing else really).
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