March 03, 2007

No wonder I didn't win any awards...

SF fanzine Ansible quotes fantasy writer John C. Wright from a Sci Fi Weekly interview on what constitutes "YA fiction":

Nor is [my] book anywhere nearly gross enough to qualify for YA status. To win awards in YA fiction, one needs to describe rapist elfs sodomizing boys with thorn bushes, or a father having sex with the ghost of his little son he murdered. Incestohomopedonecrophilia, we might call that: One needs special names to describe the new perversions.

(Thanks, Francesca.)

Posted by Dr. Frank at March 3, 2007 07:37 PM | TrackBack

so does this mean that the next award-winning ya book will be about four girls engaging in incestual relations and killing babies as sacrifice to satan, all while sharing a pair of pants?

actually, that would be a vast improvement..

Posted by: k. at March 4, 2007 01:16 AM

So...maybe if one of Tom's band names had been "Rapist Elves," (first album: "Incestohompedonecrophilia"), you would've won an award. If only you'd known!

Posted by: sheckie at March 7, 2007 02:17 AM