For the most part, I tend to stay out of the culture wars. I just don’t have the patience to deal with whiny liberals, bowtie conservatives, and everything in between. I’m also not a gamer, a comic guy, or anime fan. I read what I like and what I want. I have no interest in making anyone read the stuff I’m into and I don’t really care about the new trends in SFF or literary fiction.
But, this week I got myself a 28-day ban from the Reddit Fantasy board. I’ve been a reader and poster on r/fantasy since about 2010. It’s a great board, and due to the posts and discussions on there, I’ve come across some great Fantasy fiction. Mark Lawrence, Robin Hobb, Louis Bujold, and Guy Gavriel Kay were some of the writers I discovered thanks to that board.
Sadly, the place has become the personal fiefdom of the moderators and some of their pet sublist writers like Krista Ball, a hard left ideologue. They allow her to shut down any discussion or debate that disagrees with their core beliefs, which of course are far left progressive stances on everything. Just looking through her twitter and some of her past Reddit posts makes my point clear. You will see her shutting down discussions, insulting readers, derailing debate, and of course all in the wake of comments deleted by the mods.
Two days ago she posted a thread outlining the tweets from writer N. K. Jemisin, blaming the lack of PoC SFF writers on bigoted editors choosing mediocre “Europe-Based Fantasy” over their non-Western offerings. The post is here, some interesting back and forth.
Every time I see another mediocre Europe-based fantasy, I think of how many brilliant non-European fantasies got rejected to make room for it.
The genre is impoverished because we listen to mediocre bigots. We are all stupider for listening to people like this. STOP listening to people like this.
SFF shouldn’t listen to mediocre bigots. That just shouldn’t be a thing. But because we do privilege the voices of mediocre people — mostly white dudes, but some white women — they have an effect. The editor who rejects brilliant non-Euro fantasy has been listening to them.
N.K. Jemisin is a multiple Hugo and Nebula winner, who is also a racist ideologue who considers anyone who doesn’t kowtow to her boringly dull fiction(not my thing, it’s written in unreadable 2nd person present tense) must be a racist bigot. Check out her awesome twitter, it’s all liberal resentment.
Honestly, I could give two fucks about Jemisin and the rest of the liberal racists. Most of the time they are just busy fighting each other over how woke they are or what pronouns to use on each other this week. Yet, something about this post irritated me. The idea that traditional European fantasy is mediocre and only gets published because the publishers are racists and so are the low cultured readers.
You can unpack those preposterous comments and debate for days, the threads on Reddit have some pretty good back and forth. I’m just personally sick of shaking any social media rock and finding some snaking complaining about how dull and boring Eurocentric fantasy is, and how advanced and woke they are because they read a novella set in a pseudo-African setting.
So, sitting at work eating breakfast I spat out this quick post, I Love Medieval Eurocentric Fantasy!
I love Medieval Eurocentric Fantasy.
While I enjoy a lot of variety in my reading my go-to for fantasy and history is the old fashioned eurocentric stuff.
The N.K. Jemisin post is a great illustration of the negativity thrown towards my favorite type of fantasy. Seems like the stuff I like is a dirty word, or synonymous with racism, or bigotry.
I even love chosen farmboys, aloof elves, surly dwarfs, and funny hat wizards.So here it goes man.. I love castles, Knights, kings and queens, princess and princes, witches, warlocks, and dragons. I love taverns on the side of a road and quaint inns where adventurers gather.
I love LotR, WoT, Lyonesse, Broken Empire, The Witcher, Realm of the Elderlings, and all old and new eurocentric fantasy.
Maybe I’m just mediocre and like mediocre tastes but I’m ok with that.
So for all the writers that love the above, keep writing it, I’ll keep buying it.
I triggered a fucking hornet’s nest of resentment. I watched the post and the upvotes went up and down every second, back and forth. It spawned another thread, right here. Then I got banned..
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I’m not sure how many times I can possibly explain that it’s not your opinions that’s the issue, it’s the way your express them.
So basically my above post.. is an improper way to express my opinions. If you have no life you can go through the thread and see that none of my posts are rude, combative, or even mean-spirited. Most of the replies to my thread are in fact rude or derail the conversation. But, what the fuck do I know? My expression is mean or something.
Either way, I stand by my original statement. I love Eurocentric Fantasy. That’s what I like, that’s what I like to read, and that’s what I will continue to pay money for.
So why am I irritated by this to even make a post? I can hear you guys already saying, “fuck Reddit, it sucks anyways.” That’s the standard conservative reply to these issues. “Fuck Hollywood let the liberals have it, fuck music let the liberals have it, fuck Universities let the liberals have it,” over and over and on and on until progressive far left liberalism dominates our entire cultural landscape.
The reason I’m irritated is because r/fantasy has 374k subscribers. At any given time, there are about 1k readers online. I know that all of them aren’t culture warriors so I’m not going to let a bunch of ideologue moderators silence me. I’m no longer going to keep my opinions silent. I’m going, to be honest, and unapologetically stand up for what I love and what I enjoy.
I love Eurocentric Fantasy and Science Fiction, from Jules Verne through I Robert Jordan I love it all. I love Conan, Bilbo, Frodo, Rand’al Thor, Fitzchivalry, Sauron, and all the other characters that grace the browned pages of my favorite books. I love castles and keeps, roadside taverns, kings and queens, princes and princesses. I love dark forests, deep dungeons, aloof elves, industrious dwarves, and beastly orcs. From chosen farmboys to dark lords, keep writing it and I will keep reading.