Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Loving Genre in Selected Media

I have often heard that to truly love a particular genre or fandom, you have to learn to appreciate it in all its forms from books, to movies, to music, to cons, etc. While I understand the fannish drive behind this idea, I have to disagree and think it is quite possible to love some aspects of a genre or fandom without being fond of all aspects.

For example there is a lovely sub genre called Steampunk which a lot of you are likely familiar with. But boiled down it is a look at life if invention had favored steam versus electric progression. There are a lot of fun things like airships and clockwork creatures and beautiful, expressive clothing for man, woman and child. I love this genre as a visual medium. I love the pictures and the clothing and the imagination it evokes. However, I have tried to read various Steampunk novels and short stories and while I get through them, they just don't cause the same kind of thrill for me. So I've had to decide that I love Steampunk visually, but not literarily (I may have just made up that word), and I'm okay with that and think it's alright if I participate in the parts I like and not as much in the other without it meaning I've ceased to be a fan.

What about the rest of you? Are there certain parts of a genre or subgenre that just don't do it for you, even when the rest of the trappings may be a favorite? Or am I alone in the universe?


1 comment:

  1. I'm with you on steampunk--love the sensibility, don't love the fiction, and it's not like I haven't tried. I also love the trappings of epic fantasy, the ideas, but I stopped enjoying actually reading it a few years ago. That made me so sad, but again, it wasn't like I didn't try--something just changed.