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Genre fiction is political

Replied to When Will Novels Fix Society Already? by Lincoln Michel (Counter Craft)

Fiction can help us understand our world, but that doesn’t mean novels can solve our problems.

I think genre fiction is the place to look. Romancelandia raised $190k for voting rights in February, $45k for abortion rights in May — authors donating their books and services to raise money for freedoms, fans bidding those up because it’s for a good cause 😊 Sci-fi casts visions of the future, good and bad. Romance books are quietly showing worlds of hope and change — and romance has a huge audience compared to literary books. (Still small compared to TV but 🤷‍♀️) These are stories where women have choices and their choices matter, where people of all genders and relationships between all genders are celebrated. (Sure, both romance and sci-fi have their conservative contingents, but the broader fanbase seems to be progressive.) I think change can start in a small but dedicated group and spread outwards.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at tracy.durnell@gmail.com. She/her.

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