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.