marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

SF/F/H as a mirror on society

Discussion of the changes in the genres.

I was less than satisfied with the discussion of the darker elements in modern day fiction because it lay itself wide-open to Lewis's tu quoque:  we're looking for more adult matter, in a manner that reminds that a febrile desire to appear very grown-up is, in fact, childish.

Paranormal romance and the wider acceptability of all sorts of relationship.  I pointed out that it may be an attempt to get more danger and forbidden into the mix -- and that steampunk, by moving in Victoriana, can certainly drag in taboos and forbid things, which produces conflict, which is the heart-and-soul of the story.

One panelist took up the notion of class conflict in The Diamond Age, which certainly ran with it.
Tags: boskone, genre: fantasy, genre: science fiction

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