October 27th, 2007

Minotaur

Fantasy is the best policy

Yesterday I read Crackpot, a book of essays by John Waters (more on that in another post, possibly), and I noticed in one of them how he said he hated The Hobbit. I'm not surprised by this, but it did make me think of how fantasy tends to be something people either like or hate. I've always been into fantasy, from way back into my elementary school days. And while both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings took me a while to get through (the writing dragged somewhat, from what I recall), I still remember them fondly overall. I've gotten along with plenty of people who don't like fantasy at all (I'm sure some of them are reading this very entry), but it sometimes seems like fantasy-haters have a greater level of distaste for popular fantasy (like, say, LotR or Harry Potter) than for other popular media. Maybe that's just my view as someone who DOES enjoy fantasy, though.

I usually cite fantasy as my favorite genre of book, although that doesn't mean I'm familiar with most of the fantasy that's been released in recent years (aside from Terry Pratchett, of course). But I still have a better answer for that question that I do for what kind of music I listen to. Probably the best term for that would be "nerd rock," but bands that are grouped under that label tend not to like it much.

In addition to not liking fantasy, there are some people who just don't like fiction, which is a rather difficult concept for me to grasp. A guy who was in a few of my classes at library school was like that. I admit I don't read a lot of non-fiction for fun, aside from comic essays. And while they clearly fall into the non-fiction category, they tend to be based largely on opinion, and not simply cold, hard fact.
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