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I Know What Girls Like


 I’ve just read this article by the Times, and it filled me with complete and utter disgust. There’s nothing partial about my feelings. It’s an all-incompassing, Hulk-like emotion. I want to SMASH things. But I won’t. I’ll remain civilized.

Full disclosure: I haven’t read Game of Thrones. YET. It’s on the top of my To Read pile, which is growing so large that I’m beginning to fear it will soon be sentient. I do, however, really want to watch the tv series.

 Here’s the thing: I love fantasy stories. Love them. They were the first books I was addicted to as a child. From Robin McKinley’s Beauty to the Dragonlance novels. I was hopelessly in love with fantasy writing. They often had strong female characters (bonus!), compelling plotlines, and they were entertaining. For some odd reason, I had a crush on Raistlin from Dragonlance. I don’t know why.

 I still love fantasy writing. It’s my go-to genre a lot of the time. I’m excited to read the next Harry Dresden book by Jim Butcher. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next Sookie Stackhouse novel by Charlaine Harris. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah E. Harkness was an excellent find. I can’t wait for the second book.

 Of course, I’m not simply a Fantasy junkie. I read a little bit of everything from Shakespeare to Audrey Niffenegger. Toss in some Stephen King, and I’m a happy woman.

 But you know what else? I wear high heels. I can quote from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gilmore Girls, the Godfather series, The Princess Bride, and a slew of John Hughes movies.

 I’d like to think that I’m well-rounded, because I am. I don’t believe in labeling something as ‘girl fiction’ or ‘boy fiction.’ Guess what? I played with Barbie and G.I. Joe as a kid. I like Sex and the City and Lord of the Rings.

 To return to Ms. Bellafante’s article, I’d like to point out that I happen to like Rome, Californication, True Blood, and Big Love. Why would these things be heaped into the category of Things Only Boys Will Like? Why on earth would that label even be acceptable? (Hint: it’s not.)

 I know plenty of women who read AND write in the fantasy genre – who love Tolkien and Susan Cooper. Women who gladly read Meg Cabot one day and Neil Gaiman the next.

 So, I’m fairly certain that despite that abhorrent, bias, sexist review – I’m going to watch The Game of Thrones. Afterwards, I might even play my xbox 360 – or is that just for boys, too?

  1. April 15, 2011 at 10:14 am

    That article is completely ignorant. I love the Song of Ice and Fire series, and I’m a girl. And I would definitely be the person to say “let’s read the Hobbit first,” if I hadn’t read it three times already. I thought we’d moved past these types of claims, especially when it comes to the fantasy genre…

    • Ali
      April 18, 2011 at 8:49 am

      I thought we’d moved past those claims, too. Apparently not. *shakes head* I loved the first episode of the series, and I REALLY want to read the series. Go figure.

  2. April 15, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Wow… By that definition I don’t even think I count as a woman, which is odd considering my uterus and desire to wear dresses. I can’t stand “Sex and the City” haven’t actually watched it, but just from the adds it looks annoying. I like fantasy, I still have to read the Hobbit (very bad of me I know, I need to write down a to read list). I love True Blood, love the Sookie Books, I play Warcraft, Xbox and watch Star Wars. With such an empowering movement going on where women proudly proclaim their love for fantasy to see articles like this it really shows we still have far to go.

    • Ali
      April 18, 2011 at 8:50 am

      HA. You crack me up. I liked Sex and the City, but not the movies. (WORST tv show to movie transition EVER.) I love so many of the things that you love, and I have a uterus, too! Perhaps we’re defective? *grin*

  3. April 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    There’s an old joke: There are two kinds of people, those who sort people into two groups…

    People are individuals – we all have different likes and dislikes. I love sword-and-sorceress fantasy fiction, and a fair number of “girly” things too, like Sex and the City, though I’m not a shoe or fashion freak.

    That said, I think some of the movie, television and yes, writing, sometimes verges on violence porn when it does swordplay epic stuff. I think The Hobbit was brilliant, but if Tolkien had trimmed the endless battle and fight scenes by at least 25%, IMO the work would have been better for it.

    There’s only so much thrusting I’m interested in, when done with those sharp pointy things. Too much macho chest-bumping sword-waving bloody dirty carnage, I’ll be yawning and changing channels or going for a good read instead. But, that’s me, not Every Woman.

    • Ali
      April 18, 2011 at 8:52 am

      I love your comment. People ARE individuals. I agree with you about the violence porn point, too. But a lot of the time, it’s something I don’t mind, as long as the story’s compelling. (Not, say, in that a Rob Zombie movie usually has lots of gore — but makes little sense.)

      As far as I’m concerned, as you said — to each, her own. We’re people.

  4. April 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Don’t you just love it when someone comes out and assumes what you like based solely on your gender? Gah!

    • Ali
      April 18, 2011 at 8:52 am

      Hehe, yes. It’s TERRIBlY heartwarming. *grin*

  5. April 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I adore Tolkien and my Xbox360 (and “Dragon Age: Origins” is one of my favourite games). “Sex and the City” is actually way more of a guilty pleasure for me….

    • Ali
      April 18, 2011 at 8:54 am

      I really like the Oblivion game — and Thief (I can’t WAIT for the new one to come out for the 360. I’m drooling). I watched Sex and the City, too. I think this makes us well-rounded people, not women. Thank you so much for commenting, btw!!!!

  6. April 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    For what it’s worth, ya know.

  7. Parker
    April 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    A Song of Ice and Fire is a wonderful series with a mess of evolving characters and moving plots. I would offer up the the Night Angel series by Brent Weeks as another series to add to your Sisyphean reading pile.

    • Ali
      April 20, 2011 at 8:08 am

      I will check out that series. Thank you for the suggestion. 🙂 I’ll be over here, trying to push this boulder up the hill…*grin*

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