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alatefeline ([personal profile] alatefeline) wrote in [personal profile] melannen 2017-03-22 01:54 pm (UTC)

Well, 'The Stars My Destination' has a rape-into-love plot and relies on sexism, ableism, and the main character abusing other characters and then having them forgive him to make him become the Hero He Was Meant To Be. I read it because it was a 'classic' and became nauseated by reading it but stuck grimly through in the hopes it would improve once the character 'turned a corner' and ... it didn't.

http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/Alfred-Bester/Tiger-Tiger.html

Maybe some of the other stuff is better. Heck, 'Fondly Fahrenheit' has long been one of my favorite stories, despite traces of the same attitudes in who is erased or victimized. I can see why Bester won awards? But to me it's just not worth it; in fact, the skillful bits are basically sugar-coating the dehumanization of entire categories of characters.

So maybe I would actually vote for you to read it and then decide, if I was being intellectually honest. But I'm just so angry at him for 'The Stars My Destination.'

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