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Is it just me, or is there a hypocritical hipsterish vibe from a chunk of the "book blogger" community's complaints about this year's Hugo awards and discussions?

This is by no means universal, but I've seen quite a few book bloggers complain about

  • The popular selections in the fiction categories, including dramatic categories, and the big names in the fancast category. Not that there's anything wrong with liking quality stuff that isn't well-known or cool, just in being ostentatious about it. Not that there's anything about disliking things that are popular, just in being ostentatious about disliking things because they're popular.
  • The staid and uncool nominees in the fanwriter and fanzine categories, who are on the ballot to the detriment of hugely (for someone's definition of "hugely") popular book bloggers. I don't have to explain this one.

No, I'm not naming names. Check out SFSignal's Tidbits for links to Hugo commentary and make up your own mind.

Comments

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daveon
Apr. 11th, 2013 05:01 am (UTC)
It is not just you.
daveon
Apr. 11th, 2013 05:11 am (UTC)
There's a disconnect here, being less glib. That no matter how you try to game the Hugo Awards they're a vote by a jury of people and that is going to yield 'odd' results.

But what defeats me is the idea that more nominations or magically 'better' nominations are going to help. My gut till says that there will be a standard deviation of the selection and the end results will be something that looks a hell of a lot like what we already get.
bovil
Apr. 11th, 2013 05:19 am (UTC)
I think a larger pool would augur to more popular nominees and winners. They may end up different popular nominees and winners, though. Probably more mainstream popular nominees and winners.

Now if the Hugos could make the top-5 "also ran" nominations in each category a big deal, perhaps releasing them right after the voting deadline, that might change things up a bit...

...or not.
daveon
Apr. 11th, 2013 05:33 am (UTC)
Yeah. I suspect that a wider pool would actually yield worse results myself.
yourbob
Apr. 11th, 2013 11:53 pm (UTC)
Bigger pool - American Idol. Where the runner up seems to always be technically better. And by definition the popularity awards they've always been comes to the fore. The nominators are no longer SMoFs only, therefore today's SF "Jackie Collins" has a better chance.

And no, you're not alone.
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