Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Is science fiction and fantasy becoming mainstream?
Today it’s different. Authors such as Terry Pratchett, J.K Rowling and Stephanie Meyer are read by people who wouldn’t necessarily call themselves SF fans. And the same goes for TV shows. Star Trek and Doctor Who used to be about all there was but now SF TV series are springing up all over the place: Game of Thrones, Merlin, Doctor Who (the new one, I mean) Battlestar Galactica, Terra Nova, True Blood – the list goes on and on. So what’s prompted this change? Well, the article makes an interesting suggestion. Perhaps it’s due to the global depression. When you switch on the news these days all you see is doom and gloom. Job losses. Market crashes. Homes repossessed. Unemployment through the roof. Is it any wonder then that people are turning to science fiction and fantasy as an escape? As both a reader and writer of fantasy fiction this is an interesting time. There’s more cool stuff to watch on the telly, loads more cool stuff to read in the shops. And you never know, it might, just might, make it easier for SF writers to get their work into print. One can live in hope.
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