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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Women in and for genre fiction

NY Times interview with Alice Hoffman:
"I have no guilt regarding my love of fantasy and science fiction, only pleasure. I grew up reading the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. I chuckle over how this “genre” has become mainstream and how time travel, alternative universes and magic are now so everyday."
Here she describes one of a favorite kind of character--the complex--which as she points out, we tend to tend to flatten when we understand too little of human nature:
"the greatest psychological novel ever written, with the most complex character ever conceived... “Wuthering Heights” [--] when you’re 18 and you think Heathcliff is a romantic hero; when you’re 30, he’s a monster; at 50 you see he’s just human."

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