First, I just want to say that I haven’t forgotten about the last part of my 13 Ways series, but I’ve had a bit of a full plate recently. I’ll get back to that in a few days.
Second, let me preface this by saying how much I love any author or essayist who can mention Philip K. Dick and Junot Díaz in the same piece and hold them both in high regard. Such is the case with Daniel Abraham’s brilliant “Private Letter from Genre to Mainstream.”
These were the battles I tried to fight throughout undergrad, never able to articulate my thoughts so beautifully as this but just as impassioned. It’s not easy trying to write “genre” for classes, though there are those rare, wonderful professors who really get it, who care, first and foremost, about good writing. If you’re a supporter of genre fiction, a believer in its power, another weary writer tired of trying to defend a favorite story just because it’s got spaceships/ghosts/monsters in it, do yourself a favor and read this letter.