drcpunk (drcpunk) wrote,

All in the Translation

While working on The New York Review of Science Fiction, I came across a quote from someone who is decidedly not a fan of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice, accusing Martin of "blasphemies against our mythic heritage".

I noted that I had often said the same thing, but when I said it, it came out like this: "This is not to my taste."

To which womzilla said, quoting Trudeau without missing a beat, "In my day, we called them 'D's."

I read and reviewed the first of Martin's series, finding it akin to a giant bowl of popcorn (I'll just have one more handful. One more, after this one.) and recognizing that I really didn't want to read the rest of the series. And, I have not had any problem finding reading material, including mythopoeic reading material, part of our mythic heritage, and all of that. I cannot find any evidence that Martin's work caused any harm to the subgenres I love.

I don't eat broccoli. It is very much not to my taste. Its existence and its fans and connoisseurs have not made chocolate go away.

Oh, and Martin's Fevre Dream totally rocks.
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