SciFi Signal recently ran a poll that I thought was particularly interesting. Their question was:
Have you ever been unable to complete a Hugo or Nebula Award winning book because you disliked it so much?
The reason I find this so intriguing is that I have a very strange relationship with critically acclaimed works. I frequently don’t like them. Sometimes I can appreciate their cleverness, or subtlety but simply get no pleasure from reading them.
On other occasions I just don’t get it at all and they seem out-right bad to me. There’s no getting away from the fact that my taste seems to skew towards stuff that is sometimes a little cliched and formulaic. Yet at the same time I abhor the idea of dumbing everything down and producing only cookie-cutter 10 book fantasy trilogies.
I have similar problems with films. I’ll often throughly enjoy a simplistic commercial film and completely fail to appreciate the superior photographic direction, clever symbolism or other such tricks. I can see that they are there. I just don’t care.
Its terrible being a philistine.Eoghann Irving is amongst other things the creator and Editor of Solar Flare. He has a life long interest in all forms of science fiction and fantasy and a pressing need to share this interest with anyone who will listen. Find out more at his personal website eoghann.com..