29th April 2012, 06:47 AM
Join Date: Jan 2012
Re: Breaking into Sci-Fi versus Fantasy
Originally Posted by Warren_Paul
It's certainly sad to see the lack of attention sci-fi gets. I can go into a local bookstore and struggle to find science fiction novels on the shelves, whereas the 'science fiction and fantasy' section is overrun with fantasy.
One of the big things is that science fiction movies have not recently had a major effect on the industry, unlike Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Chronicles of Narnia. All hugely successful fantasy IPs. And of course ahem... Twilight...
We had Star Wars back in the day, and it fuelled a huge series of novels that used to be all over bookshelves, but that trend has died off and nothing has come back to refuel it.
Another factor is that more women read books then men, yet science fiction has predominantly a male audience -of course there are women who read sci-fi, and write it, just not many. Statistics show that women prefer literary and general fiction, and fantasy.
It's sad because there are some great sci-fi writers out there, like Alistair Reynolds and Orson Scott Card. But those authors are doing very well, to this day, so it's not all doom and gloom for sci-fi. I'm sure more successful authors can come along and join in with them.
Avatar is a sci-fi movie that has had significant impact, and 2009 is fairly recent.