2 responses to “Defending the Weird”

  1. Charlotte Henley Babb

    Why should anyone apologize for fantasy or science fiction. Has no one noticed block-buster movie subjects for the last 20 years?

    ALL fiction is fantasy at some level. We need fantasy to escape the insanity where we live. Weirdness is not necessarily fantasy.

    Weirdness happens on Headline News in every restaurant in America. Thank you for defending the “weird”.

    Reality is for people with no imagination.

  2. Amanda MacNaughton

    I admit, I’m guilty of the “I don’t usually read___, but I really liked this one!” For me it’s mystery or science fiction. The reason I start out saying that is often because the reader I am trying to hook is also “not a mystery” or “not a science fiction” reader, and if I take them to the section and try to handsell the book with no disclaimer, they’ll blatantly state, “I don’t read mystery.” “I don’t read science fiction.” However, sometimes if I start by admitting I don’t usually read this genre, BUT I loved this book because…their attention is captivated, and it causes them to think, “Huh, well, I don’t usually like mystery, but I’ll give that one a try.” I don’t know why the reps are using this technique, but I use it because it often works for me.

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