Monday, April 18, 2011

Review the Reviewer: Game of Thrones

Last Friday the New York Times published Ginia Bellafante's review of the HBO series Game of Thrones.  If you did not hear the uproar caused by this review, then I can only assume you've been in a coma and offer my congratulations on surviving your brush with death.  To summarize, Ginia didn't like the series, thought it impossible that any woman possibly could, gave it the wonderfully demeaning label of "boy fiction" and pretty much slammed the Fantasy genre and it's fans.  See what you miss when you're in a coma?  Legions of people called her out on her assertion that women could not, would not like the story except for the sex which might get our attention.  Well, this review sure got our attention, no sex required.  I read it and was as surprised as everyone else by the way this woman wrote off women.  What I really wanted to know though was what does she actually like?  I took the time to read some of her other reviews and here's what I discovered.

She considered her childhood fondness for soaps an act of  "adolescent subversion" and is now waxing poetic about the ending of All My Children and One Life to Live.  She thinks only 15 year olds are capable of understanding the intricate plot of  Supernatural and judges The Cape a grand improvement over the failure of  Heroes.  Really?  Soap operas are for most people just a fun bit of fluff.  Supernatural is adored by quite a few adults and The Cape, well, that was nothing more than a blip on the radar.  Her review of Game of Thrones was harsh and completely off based in it's assessment of the story's fanbase.  Looking at her past reviews, it's hard to be surprised.  Whatever credibility she may have had is now rightly squashed beneath the angry outcry of fans out to prove her wrong.

11 comments:

  1. I was very surprised the NYT would print such drivel. I wrote the editor an email about it and I hope several thousand other people do as well.

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  2. game of thrones-love it i do

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  3. @adantejada I think they got a lot of letters! The comments section was shut down online and I can only hope they were overwhelmed with responses and that is why they shut it down.

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  4. I get the feeling that if they put the Game Of Thrones in L.A., and all the Houses were fashion companies,Ms. Bellafante would have loved it.

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  5. WOW. I did some research into her prior writing, but not the reviews. Her pieces on feminism smacked of overly blithe, trendy bs, but seriously - this is her cred as a critic?

    Now I'm HULK SMASH all over again.

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  6. TIME got it right!
    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2065251-1,00.html

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  7. That review was the height of snobbery, and utterly failed to actually *review* anything as well. When a bunch of OTHER critics write articles slamming your work, you've seriously screwed up. Not to mention the whole diss on fangirls thing. And remember, "Fangirls Always Pay Their Debts" ;)

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  8. @Mandoryan Hey, you may have the next big idea ;)

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  9. @Kristen When you look through her past reviews it really does make you wonder why she'd even be chosen to review something like Game of Thrones when it is so obviously out of her element.

    @adantejada Now, THAT is a review!

    @Rorschach Yes, if there's one thing a person should never, ever do...it's cross a fangirl ;)

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  10. Wow. I've been following this story on Facebook, finally had to break down and read it for myself. Does she really not think that women are given to intelligent discourse about the fantastic? Has she never turned on History Channel and seen a female historian commenting on the brutality of the European plague? I feel terribly bad for her, as her circle of friends must be myopic at best.

    On the other hand, I'm thrilled that my circle of fangirls and girly-girls alike can sit down to watch Sex & the City for a mental vacation, and then watch a "chick flick" of our own, like the Lord of the Rings series or 300. Viva fangirls!

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  11. Her review annoyed the hell out of me. I don't care she didn't like it but like I said in my blog it was the nasty slaps at women and geeks which had no place in a review.

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