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Who’s to blame for the state of the Fantasy Genre?

The title of this post is also the title of a thread from the customer forum at Amazon.com.  In it, some bloke named “Chris” says:

 …So what’s with this repetitive King Arthur and the elements, you know, fire, earth, wind etc thing, and who’s to blame for it? Is it lack of imagination on the part of the authors, publishers only accepting what they know usually does well, or is it ultimately the buyers’ fault for giving them the idea that we only want to read the same old story over and over?

There’s more above and below that, but that’s the gist of the post over there.  It got a fair number of responses that can be broken down into 5 categories.

  1. It isn’t.  You aren’t reading the right fiction.  There’s plenty of variety, especially from book series X or author Y. Read more…
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