Seeing a conversation (and links) on Twitter between @MarkCN and @nextread got me thinking about this subject again…
Why is it that fantasy authors always seem to be compared to other fantasy authors? And seem to be judged more harshly because of it? I don’t see this happening in any other genre nearly as often.
I read my fair share of fantasy, but I haven’t read half of some of the more popular ones out there. And I do get a bit frustrated when reading reviews comparing the author’s writing to some other author and calling it derivative when I’ve never even heard of the author to whom they’re referring. It may not always be the case, but it sure seems like a majority of new fantasy authors get this same treatment by many critics. And why does it seem to be just the fantasy genre in general? Are fantasy fans overly critical?
Maybe it’s just me, but if a certain book reminds me of someone else’s work, it has no bearing on whether or not I enjoy it.
Rant over. Feel free to discuss.