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09 February 2018 @ 05:55 am
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The inaugural Staunch Book Prize will be awarded to the author of a novel in the thriller genre in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered.

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Tom Jacksonjacksontom on February 9th, 2018 11:29 am (UTC)
Years ago, I decided for some reason that I wanted to know what's going on in the world of horror fiction, so I decided to read a "best of the year" anthology of horror stories. Now, I don't go around looking for thoughtcrimes, and I'm not the most PC person who posts on your blog, but I was astounded by how many of the stories were dominated by violence against women. Some of the stories could be described as "Man meets woman, man kills woman, the end." I can't help but think this prize taps into a real problem.
Elenbarathi: Abandon hopeelenbarathi on February 9th, 2018 12:54 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. I don't see how one could have a novel in the thriller genre in which no person is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered, since the whole 'thrill' of that genre is the threat of grievous bodily harm. So I guess the prize will go to the author of a novel in which the violence only happens to men.

I'm not sure that's really much of an improvement.
eub on February 12th, 2018 05:23 am (UTC)
Or maybe the threat is allowed, but not the execution? Not sure that's better either.
Elenbarathi: Abandon hopeelenbarathi on February 13th, 2018 04:04 am (UTC)
I should think the threat of harm would count as 'stalking'.

I wonder how exactly they're defining 'thriller genre'. To me, that term denotes fiction dealing with human evil-doers, as distinct from the horror, fantasy or science fiction genres in which the evil-doers (if any) aren't necessarily human. It's quite possible to write horror, fantasy and/or SF that doesn't have any evil-doers at all, human or otherwise, but since the whole point of 'thrillers' seems to be human-on-human violence, somebody has to at least get stalked, if not actually hurt. If the authors can't use women, I expect a lot of them will just use boys instead.