That’s My Reporting
May 22, 2016
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So there’s this great video by QuQu on The Decline of Science Fiction Literature. He pulls together a lot of trends in order to shed light on just what is going on. Readers of this blog will be interested to see that in order to break the back of the reigning narrative he relies on analysis, research, and stories that appeared right here and nowhere else.
It starts at about the 16:40 mark:
Leigh Brackett already showed during an interview back in 1976 that there never really was any pushback against women writing science fiction. She said the only time she got any complaints was early on in her career when her writing wasn’t as good.
This is a point that I hammered in They Really Are Incapable of Getting Leigh Brackett Right.
And this isn’t some no-named author who only got a couple of stories published. This is Leigh Brackett, one of the co-writers of the best Star Wars film ever made. And no, her early draft of the script was not discarded like many bloggers would have you believe. Her script has been available online for over half a decade now, so anyone can easily compare it with the finished work.
This is something that I explored in-depth in posts like Scenes from Leigh Brackett’s Star Wars Script That Weren’t “Discarded” and Why Critics Get Leigh Brackett Wrong.
And oh, and the real irony is that the feminist reporters that were running with this “discarded script” narrative were relying on lies perpetuated by George Lucas in order to create a cult of personality around himself at the expense of women that contributed to his success. You’d think that would be something that feminists would be concerned about, but the truth in this case is incredibly damaging to their narrative, as QuQu ascertained.
At any rate, if my work here is useful to you, by all means… please cite me as a source. Russell Newquist recently pointed out that this has fallen out of fashion somehow, but I’d like to see it make a comeback.