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mark211Do you think SFF fiction appeals to some kinds of people more than others?2016-01-10 03:07:10
mark211Despite the widespread appeal and popularity of TV shows such as 'Game of Thrones', 'Firefly' and 'Dr Who' and also movie series such as 'The Hunger Games', 'Avatar' and 'LOTR'(at least half the examples of which were original books), do you think that the kind of people who enjoy Science Fiction and Fantasy share any common features of biography, of background, or personality traits?2016-01-10 03:12:50
mark211The answer of course, might well be 'No', but I've noticed recently that we have two regular QM contributors - Banshee46 and Sidewinder4 - who, in real life, are both reverends. Whatever differences I'm sure there are between those two gentlemen, it did set me to thinking whether or not there is anything which readers and writers of SFF might share with one another.2016-01-10 03:14:36
mark211A vivid imagination must be one, of course, but I would also propose that wanderlust, curiosity about far-off people, places and languages, and - I also think - an interest in justice and fairness are also all qualities that readers of SFF likely share with one another, that these interests are also satisfied by reading and writing SFF. Any thoughts anyone? Am I wrong here or do you think it's just not possible to answer the question? 2016-01-10 03:18:18
r.tornelloIf you add more than the written word to the mix, allow for all the possible subjects that SF contains, then I believe many people take to SF as long as it's not categorized as such.

re ordained ministers what about those who may be ordained outside the major mythologies, say like the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster? It's legitimate. They can perform weddings, and all that. It's just not mainstream.

Who's to say that that the basis for religions with a creator god and other "must believe" tenants aren't based upon Fantasy Fiction sub set. Religion comes with a strong long history of brilliant mind who have worked out a complicated metaphysical structure to support it. Would anyone consider that a branch of SF?

2016-01-10 06:12:59
IronspiderHard to say. From about 10+ I read SF almost to the exclusion of all other genres. We did read books like Elidor and Stig of the Dump at school, but my personal preference was SF. I think initially it had a great deal was to do with the book covers, which I found appealling. As I got older I branched into fantasy, a little horror and the occaisional adventure story. My reading habits are pretty much the same today. Having spoken to friends about their reading, the story seems much the same - SF was their genre of choice as children and, in most cases, it seems to comprise the bulk of their adult book selection. Yes, quite a few of my friends would be considered 'nerds' by modern standards; we all played D&D and Runequest, Call of Cthulhu and Cyberpunk - which was also a reflection of the books we chose to read - the likes of Tolkein, Lieber, Howard, Lovecraft and Gibson. But the 'kind of person' who reads SFF may be more to do with how comfortable you are with your own imagination, than with your age, gender or some spurious label applied by others - I've also known people who only ever read non-fiction, beacuse they just "couldn't get on with spaceships and rayguns..."2016-01-11 23:50:08
RT..."But the 'kind of person' who reads SFF may be more to do with how comfortable you are with your own imagination, than with your age, gender or some spurious label applied by others..." YES! 2016-01-12 10:18:48
micheledutcherJust a moment here to talk about how I remember him as the Sci Fi phenomenon in The Man Who Fell to Earth. I saw this in the theater (of course) and it was the oddest thing I had seen - especially Bowie. He almost made you believe he was simply telling his life story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfccDapMA14 Here's the address of the trailer for the movie - just type in Man Who Fell to Earth. Maybe there will be some kind of revival for this unusual movie. I especially feel tied to the scenes of The Visitor's home planet and the family he left behind. Surprising movie. David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust, The Visitor. Sci Fi innovator. 2016-01-13 05:29:18
GordonRowlinsonI found an interesting article on the internet that makes sense at face value. http://intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?article=012&do=columns&vol=carol_pinchefsky People who like SciFi have a personality trait called “Rationals.” “Rationals "excel in any kind of logical investigation such as…conceptualizing [and] theorizing." Science fiction readers require a "willing suspension of disbelief" to enjoy the material as well as the ability to conceive and extrapolate beyond what the writer has written.” It would appear people who like SciFi have an overactive imagination. 2016-01-13 11:36:41
micheledutcherIt's obvious that SFF appeals to people who are brilliant and unfathomably interesting. Putting that aside, I'm glad to see women getting into SFF after being dragged into movie theaters to watch the latest super-action-adventure-savetheworld-hero movie. I'm much more likely to have an intelligent conversation about SFF with a woman 30 years younger than I am than the women my age. SFF used to be a man's game, but women are coming into the field in droves - and I love it. 2016-01-21 09:37:12

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