As a warning to the easily offended, Hal Duncan works blue, but he’s not wrong.
“Niall Alexander: I believe authors should be able to write what they want when they want rather than writing to a timetable dictated by the whims of what a particular sphere of readers are seen and indeed heard to want.
Martin Lewis: That is absolutely right up until the moment they start writing an open-ended serial with the deliberate aim of making more money. In which case you become a business and your subscribers are perfectly entitled to ask where the hell there product is. Martin didn’t invent the commercialisation of fantasy but he certainly played along with it so artisitic freedom goes out the window.
There’s a whole lot of wrong in that second quote, as I see it, so I may post a more detailed response on how profoundly harmful I think that mindset is for a marketing category that’s been commercial since its inception in the pulps, but for now I’m just going to unleash the snark.”