I’ve been following William Shatner on Twitter. What I’ve discovered is that in addition to tirelessly insulting his fans when they get facts about his career wrong, ole Bill feels there is a huge divide between science fiction and science fantasy. And he seems to look down on science fantasy.
Again according to Bill, Star Trek is science fiction. Star Wars is science fantasy, as is Doctor Who. I can kind of see the Star Wars argument, since The Force isn’t actually based on science. Evidently because The Doctor regenerates, something not based on sciency-science, it’s also a fantasy.
As a viewer or a reader, I honestly don’t care whether something has a sound scientific base or not. I only care if it’s logical to the story. I mean, once a story’s set up to have hobbits and orcs and magic, that’s fine with me. Now if suddenly Bilbo Baggins took off and flew to Mount Erebor on wings that sprouted from his hairy hobbit feet, I would have a problem.
Every genre, in fact, has its own rules. And then every book or book series has its own rules. Karen Hawkins’ Hurst Amulet series has a touch of magic to it. If Robert Hurst had a house elf walk in halfway through A Most Dangerous Profession, though, I’d have to question that – and Karen’s sanity.
Likewise my Tantalus Club series features a very unlikely gentlemen’s club owned and run by females. Is it true to history? No. But it’s logical within the bounds of the story world I set up for the series.
Do you have a favorite book and/or movie genre? Is there one you avoid? Do you accept “unreal” conventions as long as they’re true to the story world, or does some of it stretch your credibility too far?