Why bother? I mean really, why? It seriously doesn't even fucking matter.
I read through the list of winners and placers from the beginning of the award (including the retro-award). Most of the time, the better books did not win. And the rot started around ten years before I was born (so, somewhere around 46 years ago). Before that? Some real, quality books were nominated, and often won. Now?** Yeah. Not so much.
The only function that the Hugo Awards serve is as a popularity contest among a small group of people in a circle jerk, kind of like voting for homecoming/prom king/queen.
And that...that is my take.
The Sad Puppies really need to tell the Hugo Award judges to go fuck themselves, and instead judge by what people are reading--and buying.
*I have no dog in this fight. I've looked at the Hugos for a suggestion of what not to pick up for two decades, now. The books are, for the most part, badly written, preachy, and boring--except for when somebody manages to slip in a good story and it makes it all the way in.
**Come on. Two Harry Potter books have won or placed in the 2000's. They are entertaining, but are, by no means good.
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