--- In mythsoc@y..., Bill <lunacy@i...> wrote:
> I'm not surprised by all this new wave of anti-Tolkien
> The sad fact is that genre fiction overall outsells mainstream.
It may be fashionable to trash Tolkien among book critics and
reviewers, but I believe there is a much more mundane force at work.
I subscribe to a number of mailing lists for authors. The word on
the Net is that many publications are either only accepting negative
reviews or are at least encouraging some negativity in the reviews.
It is supposedly more "honest" when a reviewer finds something to
object to, than when a reviewer merely acts like a cheerleader.
So, Tolkien has a lot of company.
Whether some people are pursuing personal agendae in their reviews is
another matter. I don't doubt that some of these latest articles are
reactions to the movie hype. But the negativity that we're seeing in
today's news publications may simply be an indication of current
editorial preferences, and there is nothing unique in that kind of
attention as it is being directed at Tolkien.