03 February 2004

Big Fat Fantasy

Alan Lattimore has a post which meditates on what seems to be a publishing myth various curmudgeons such as myself have occasionally propagated: that gigantic fantasy trilogies (and quartets and quintets and sextets...) sell tremendously well and are stealing readers away from books with fewer pages and fewer Dark Lords. Some sources within the publishing industry say that, with a few exceptions, Big Fat Fantasies just don't sell that well compared to other books.

This is unfortunate. We curmudgeons are now going to have to find another shibboleth on which to pin all the blame for readers' bad taste...