LET’s TALK ABOUT Genre Racism

I’ve wanted to talk about this for quite some time now and finally I have the time and courage to talk about a topic that is not only extremely important to me, but also a hot topic for many debates I have had in the last couple of months.

 

Genre Racism is something I notice not every day but at least once a week. Like many other bloggers, I have geners I like to read more than others. For me, YA, Fantasy and Romance are the main genres I dwelve in, though that doesn’t mean I won’t read something else if the blurb is enticing. Unfortunately. Most people don’t think outside their box. You won’t believe how often I got that smile ‘So, you read such childish things as fantasy’ a snidely huff, a sly grin. That’S all you get instead of a nice conversation. Usually, I don’t care about people having prejudices about the things I read because they are missing out, not me.

 

What bugs me is how short minded- some people can be and how they judge other readers by the things they read. For example, I talked with a collegue about my business, and he was like “Well, if you can get the money from stupid people who read that sh** [meaning fantasy], then they haven’t deserved anything else”. I was shocked about such a mean coment, to say the least. What kind of hate do you have to have to say such a thing. Of course, I defended the fantasy ( and the YA) genre many times before, but there is really nmo point in arguing with people who don’t want to listen.

 

Here are some of the prejudice I heard the most:

  • Fantasy is for people who don’t get along in their lives.

& who can’t cope with reality

  • YA is shitty writing, plots and has no high standard whatsoever
  • YA and Fantasy are for children. Grow up!
  • Sci-fi is no fantasy
  • Folklore, Myths and Legends can be serious study material, but fantasy books can’t.

 

 

I want to shortly say something about all of those

 

  • Escapicism is not an exclusive habit for people who read fantasy. I think every fictional novel or book has some kind of hold on the way you perceive reality while you read. I don’t see why a historical novel should not make for a similar feeling of ‘being sucked into a different world’
  • This is simply not true. I have read so many ‘adult’ books in my life that I can honestly say that there AT LEAST as many unevolved plots, flat characters and stereotypical stories as in YA or basically any genre.
  • I don’t even want to give such an accusation room for discussion
  • I want to make one thing clear. Fantasy is a genre that is full of things that we do not encounter in out ‘natural’ world: demons, dragons, wizards and witches, magical creatures, hers, plants and objects. Of course sci-fi falls into the fantasy genre, simply because all plots, devioces and technology are simply made up.
  • The same goes for old tales such as Beowulf, the Niebelungen song and many other Nordic tales or songs of other cultures. There is no point in denying it. That’s where our ‘modern’ fantasy gets almost all its mysterious and horrible creatures from. They come from these tales so how can one be a sophisticated part of the culture and the other meant for the trash can? Something doesn’t add up here, in my opinion.

As you might have noticed, I’m not really understanding of these people because I feel lkikke their views are really backwards and narrow-minded. Either way, I want to encourage all of you, whether you read lots of genres or just a selected few, be aware of other genres and people. There are so many great books out there that can only be fonud outside your own comfort zone.

 

That’s why I want to encourage everyone of my readers to try out a new genre every once in a while and try to be open about other genres. This world is so full of variety, it would be a shame not to take advantage of the possibilities laid before us.

 

Have you encountered people who are genre racists? What are the genres you might have prejudices about? Let’s chat a little 😉

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Author: RibbonReviews

Hey there! My name is Klara and I love reading and to share my thoughts about the things I read. I know how hard it can be to choose your next read. So I realized that I should start my own Blog not only tell the people out there what new literature is worth taking a look at. But also what other books are out there and have been long forgotten ;))

26 thoughts on “LET’s TALK ABOUT Genre Racism”

  1. Oh. My. Gosh. What is wrong with people?! Those comments are not only completely absurd, but completely inappropriate. First off, that person has absolutely no manners and should learn to keep their tongue in their mouth. You don’t just go around bashing someone’s hard work and passion. UGH! I will personally tongue-lash (verbally attack) that person should I ever get the chance, because that is just straight up RUDE!

    Second off, GOD the prejudice is real, and I hate to say that, but it’s true. I don’t personally encounter it much myself IRL, but then I don’t talk about it much IRL. I KNOW better than to discuss my love of reading/writing fantasy and scifi and historical with people I meet because I already KNOW they won’t react well. I’m not even a quarter-century old and I already know to censor myself with my hobbies. THAT’S what’s truly messed up. The fact that people have to hide part of who they are because the ugly, screwed up, twisted beast of society won’t accept them. RAWR!

    Third off, I will, unfortunately admit that I’ve seen some AWFUL YA novels out there. Yes, they are poorly written. Yes, they are underdeveloped. Yes, they are vapid. But GUESS WHAT! I’ve seen a god awful amount of adult novels out there that are EXACTLY THE SAME! It doesn’t matter what age the character/author is or whom it’s geared towards or what genre it is: Good writing is good writing and Bad writing is bad writing. Plain and simple. Anyone who doesn’t understand that needs to pull their head out of their self-important cloud of arrogance and actually pick up a book. (Or maybe learn to read, since they’re obviously judging something they’ve never touched, which is the EPITOME of ignorance. Yet, those are the people who seem to think they’re justified to share their opinions all over the conversation. GAH!!!!!!)

    Fourth off, you do you! Klara, you are amazing! You are a blogger. You are a reader. You are a passionate woman. And you are a business owner. That’s awe-inspiring, and there are plenty of people out there who see that. They get it. And those who don’t, don’t deserve to hear about your amazing accomplishments. So, ignore them. Focus on those who love what you’re doing because you don’t need negativity in your life and you deserve better. I am always hear to support you should you need to talk/vent. And remember: Haters gonna hate. 😉

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    1. Thank you sonmich for your encouragement! Sometimes it’s really hard to censor yourself when it comes to your passion so i totally understand you there! There are so many underdeveloped books out there that I just can’t understand how people judge books when they never even read one as you said. It’s crazy but most people are just ignorant and dumb to understand how ignorant they are 😂😂 it’s really sad you know but that’s what the internet is for, at least that’s how I feel. I don’t share my pasion for reading much IRL because there is just too much prejudice . But here, we can express ourselves freely, find friends and thrive in a wonderful and loving community. That you for your support. You know you can come and talk about anything anytime, too. 💖

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      1. You shouldn’t have to censor yourself when it comes to your passion. It’s your passion. You should be allowed to rave about it to your friends, your family, the world! Because it’s what you care about and no one, absolutely NO ONE, has the right to discount your interests, especially someone who knows nothing about your interests. This prejudice that exists in the world is what is wrong with the world. The fact that it exists in every aspect of life is just pathetic, but it comes from generations upon generations of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ Everything was just shuffled under the rug if it was unseemly or ‘inappropriate,’ but our generation is dragging it back out. We are putting an end to that and being who we are in front of the world because we shouldn’t have to change for the world. We shouldn’t have to hide what we enjoy. To Hell with everyone else’s opinions. They don’t dictate who you are! You are amazing. You are inspiring. They are jealous and petty and will amount to nothing in life because they can do nothing but tear down those around them while you rise and succeed and are happy because you followed your dreams! Don’t let them stop you! 😀

        I thank you for your offer and I extend the same to you: I am open to chat/vent/rant/listen whenever you need an ear. (And I can do it in German, too. 😉 )

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        1. Haha where did you lern German? 😁 It really is a shame that many people twist and turn their personality into a shadow of what they truly are just to conform to society. If I can, I will always go along the road of loyalty to myself. It may be tough – which is the saddest thing of the whol story. You’re right in that. If there were no prejudice, we wouldn’t have as much hate, racism and hate crimes as we do now. I know we can change the world- even if it is a slow change 💕

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        2. Hahaha! I learned German in high school & college. 8 years of it. 🙂 (And I never get to use it anymore. *sigh*)

          I know life is not generally meant to be easy. It’s a challenge. That’s what makes it worth it. However, the challenge is supposed to be finding out who you truly are, not hiding it from the people around you. That is just so wrong and is what leads too many people to depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems.

          I believe we can change the world, too, Klara, which is why I try to share my strength with others. I know who I am. I’ve dealt with people trying to change me and I won’t do it anymore, but I want to help those who need to re-find themselves. Society isn’t perfect, but that doesn’t mean we should bend to it. (Now, I feel like I need to make a monthly event thing about loving yourself or something. 🙂 )

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        3. Haha I feel like the more I use my English in Germany, the heavier my accent gets 😂😥 I do speak English all the time but I want to go back to the US 😍 Hopefully I’ll get a via next time I apply 😂😂 We live in such uncertain times.. I really think trying to be sb you’re clearly not is something that definitely causes or at least has a negative infuence on depression, anxiety and suicide, sure. But as you said, life isn’t easy and it never will be. We have to make the best of it and accept ourselves an others as they are. There will always be people who will try to mold you into something they can take advantage of. The important thing is to keep those people at a distance and gather others around you who are part of a group that supports each other.

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        4. Oh no! Losing your American accent? :p Well, maybe you can teach me how to use a German accent in English. I cannot seem to get it down. :p

          Absolutely! Find people who support you. That’s what it’s all about! 😀 I support you, Klara!

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        5. Thank you Melanie, you have my support, too💖💖 yes haha In the beginning when I came back all the Americans asked me whether I came from PA.😂 Now I feel like it’s time to travel again 😂😂

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  2. Read that sh#t?!?!? Meaning fantasy! Ggggrrrr!😠😠😠 No one disses my beloved genre!

    I have to admit that I don’t really read outside my genre, I’m a fantasy fan and that is where my heart lies but I do occasionally read others genres too.

    I do tease people about genres they read too, usually Y-A and paranormal romance with their ghastly covers with a guy and his abs on display. But! It’s only good natured, fun and banter with people I get on blogging with.

    I don’t see why anyone would be a genre racist, it’s stupid really, surely the most important thing is that people are reading and enjoying it and to enjoy it you have to read whatever genre you like.

    I’ve seen a few blog posts about Y-A though and how once you get to a certain age that you shouldn’t read it and it’s wrong to read it! Crazy, people should be allowed to read what they want without fear of hatred or genre racism due to it.

    Poor fantasy always gets maligned as your colleague showed! Crime, thriller, historical, romance, all adult genre of books to read but as soon as you mention fantasy and that you read that people hate on it and you, nope, bad people!😠😠😠

    Banter about genres and teasing is all good but I don’t think there should even be genre racism, surely the most important thing is that we are reading?!? There’s enough people put there who hate on reading as it is without readers hating on each other for what they read.

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    1. I’m totally on your side here! Teasing and fun is Ok but the hate is just ridiculous. It’s alright to read one genre but it’s just not right to think that one is more legitinate than the other.

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  3. I’ve never had any shit about fantasy. But I’ve had a lot about romance esp erotica! I’ve had people saying it’s just porn in a book and that there’s no substance to it and it’s all just fluff. I’ve had a full blown argument with one very random person on a bus who said I shluldnt be reading smut in front of children. It wasn’t even an erotica novel, and Im fairly sure no children were paying attention to what I had in my hands! I find it quite funny, if people don’t want to read something for whatever reason then I have no issue with that, I have genres I prefer not to read most of the time. But to be aggressive to others makes no sense!

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      1. Honestly I tend to find negative reactions quite funny. Even when I was arguing with that woman I was laughing at how ridiculous the whole situation was. I find it more annoying if it comes from other bookish people, I think there should be an unspoken respect between us all around what people want to read and not ragging on it. But there do seem to be a few people that expect everyone to think the way they do which is a bit sad/annoying!

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