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tightropegirl: How Not To Write A Review Reviewing, once as delicate and artistic a form as the short story, has come upon degenerate times. I was sadly disillusioned the last time I was in New York, when I searched for reviews of a play whose wit I’d enjoyed, and found several reviewers who didn’t simply disagree with me – that would have been interesting – but who truly didn’t seem to grasp what was going on in the most elementary way. Partly, of course, this is due to the great drawing-in of newspapers and financing. Critics are no longer classically educated men of letters who are played by George Sanders, but busy people with day jobs who get tossed an assignment from their friend with a website.
For months now, I've been counting the days to April 17th, the release date of HBO's Game of Thrones . As a longtime fan of the books I have high hopes for the TV series as delicious entertainment, which is the chief characteristic of George R. R. Martin's books at their best. I don't expect it to offer social commentary like The Wire or philosophical depth like Six Feet Under (my favorite shows), because that is not what the books contain. What I hope is that like the books, the show will feature compelling characters, suspenseful plotting and colorful set pieces bringing Martin's vividly imagined world to life. Ilana Teitelbaum: Dear New York Times: A Game of Thrones Is Not Just for Boys
Blood and gore. Much more accurate picture of female GoT fans
Ludicrous NYTimes Review That Started It All
Not A Blog - Boy Fiction? I usually make it a policy not to comment on reviews, especially negative reviewers. When you put your art out there in the marketplace on public view, some are going to like and some are going to hate it. Comes with the territory. And like Superchicken always said, I knew the job was dangerous when I took it. Normally, I would not even comment on something as spectacularly wrong-headed and condescending as the review of the HBO series GAME OF THRONES recenltly published in the NEW YORK TIMES.
Really, why would men ever want to watch "Game Of Thrones"?
Response to the NY Times Game of Thrones Review When I sat down tonight I intended to write about my experiences with the Game of Thrones food truck last week and meeting George R.
Slate, New York Times to fantasy buffs: Grow up - Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones | OP/ED: Hey NY Times - Geek Girls Really Do Exist! Before anything else is written, let me clarify: I don't think that everyone should agree with me. As a person who loves things like Doctor Who , non-sparkly vampire fiction, the Star Trek franchise, the original Star Wars films, time travel stories, and superhero comics, I'm used to having lots of discussion/debate on "Who was cooler?" "What take/interpretation was better?" "Which story was better?" "Which writer really got it down?"
In a review of HBO’s new TV series Game of Thrones , the New York Times states that lurid sex is thrown in throughout the show to attract female viewers, who would otherwise not watch the show – because, they claim, women universally hate fantasy fiction like “The Hobbit,” which they say is the sole interest of men. I thought the New York Times was *already* lost at sea, upon observing its recent decisions around paywalls and attempts at bartering readership retention through cheap social media gimmicks. Like many seasoned bloggers, and like in regard to HuffPo, I had simply planned to avoid linking to the insult and idiocy at every opportunity to do so. Now with the NYT’s recent review of HBO’s Game of Thrones ( A Fantasy World of Strange Feuding Kingdoms by Ginia Bellafante), I realize that the idiocy and insult – and ignorance about media and its consumers – is in the very least shockingly naive, and at a glance, totally has its head up its ass. HBO’s Game of Thrones: It’s “Porn for Women?”
UPDATED: A tale of two reviews - Winter Is Coming
Reviewing the Reviewers When Ginia Bellafante at the New York Times and Troy Patterson at Slate condemn “Game of Thrones,” they are expressing something that genre writers and readers have experienced often with people who consider themselves the guardians of high culture. They condescend eloquently, but without convincing arguments. The disdain they have for the show is less for the execution or artistry of the production than for the genre it comes from. Ms. Bellafante manages to alienate women who read fantasy (who, in fairness she does agree exist).
Blog Archive » A Live Woman Who’d Gladly Watch A Game of Thrones (Even Without the Sex Scenes)
I know this is hard to imagine, especially for readers of my blog, but there are some people still out there who don't think females are allowed to like "boy stuff." You know, stories with swords, spaceships or aliens. But one thing I did not expect was the New York Times to perpetuate gender stereotypes. Guess what? I was wrong. Has Boobs, Reads Comics: New York Times insults female readers, they write back.
Cross-posted from The Carnival of the Random If you click through , you’ll see the review of Game of Thrones from NYT’s Ginia Bellafante. I take issue with the entire slant of the review, since there is no substantive discussion of the series itself, and it plays more as a, “Oh this is such crap and it’s been tarted up to attract female viewers for the sex, but it’s macho crap and I don’t like it.” NYT says fiction is gendered, Geek Girls unite to tell them, “NO.” | Nerds in Babeland
Is Game of Thrones ‘Boy Fiction’? In her review of HBO's Game of Thrones in the New York Times today, Ginia Bellafante argues that the series appeals to men: "While I do not doubt that there are women in the world who read books like Mr. Martin’s, I can honestly say that I have never met a single woman who has stood up in indignation at her book club and refused to read the latest from Lorrie Moore unless everyone agreed to The Hobbit first. Game of Thrones is boy fiction patronizingly turned out to reach the population’s other half."
Outlets have begun to unveil their reviews of the first several episodes of HBOs new epic fantasy Game of Thrones as we approach the Sunday night premier of the show. The televised series is based on the first novel in author George R.R. Martin’s heptalogy A Song of Ice and Fire (only four of the seven books have been released, much to the chagrin of anxious fans). Game of Thrones is at once stark (yes pun) and lush, mythic and mundane, brutally raw and poetic. ‘Game Of Thrones’ Is Not ‘Boy Fiction’ | ThinkHero.com – Sci-Fi Comic Books Movies and TV Online Video Blog Show
Geek Girl On The Street Reports: New York Times Sets Feminist Movement Back With Game Of Thrones Review Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors Sarah Louise writes for Bleeding Cool I took time away from my stack of Harlequin romance novels and my daily gossip rag – all filled to the brim with scintillating sex scenes – to read what passed for The New York Times ’ review of the forthcoming ‘ Game of Thrones ’ series by one Gina Bellafante. I know, I know, I’m a girl – what reason could I possibly have for wanting to read about and, God forbid, watch a show that is blatantly “ boy fiction patronizingly turned out to reach the population’s other half ?” Well, for one, I’m incredibly excited about this show. And secondly, I was expecting an actual review from a respected publication such as The New York Times . Said review made mention of no plot, character or actor!
Why Is the Fact of Women Liking Sci-Fi and Fantasy So Hard To Believe? | The Gender Blender
Response to the NY Times review of "Game of Thrones" And I thought we were doing so well. On Thursday morning, I saw Susan C. Young's article " Geek girls help power viewership for sci-fi/fantasy TV " at MSNBC.
On Sunday Game Of Thrones , the TV show based on a series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin, premieres on HBO. In her New York Times review , Ginia Bellafante writes: Like "The Tudors" and "The Borgias" on Showtime and the "Spartacus" series on Starz, "Game of Thrones," is a costume-drama sexual hopscotch, even if it is more sophisticated than its predecessors. It says something about current American attitudes toward sex that with the exception of the lurid and awful "Californication," nearly all eroticism on television is past tense. In Game Of Thrones Review, New York Times Explains Women Hate Fantasy Novels
Game of Thrones & the New York Times: Game Over. « Pop Culture Academic
Geek Girl Diva: To Ginia Bellafante Regarding Your "Review" Of Game Of Thrones. [Rant]
No Fantasy/sci-fi Please — We’re Women | Fiction by Keira Andrews