Thursday, May 12, 2005

Genre-bias, anyone?

Doug Brunelle maintains one of the better regular columns over at Film Threat, "Excess Hollywood." I thought I'd point you in the direction of his latest column, wherein he and author Alan Dean Foster have an exchange concerning the hypocrisy of the mainstream film industry's bias towards science fiction and fantasy as genres:

Money quote from Foster: “Note,” the author observes, “that of the top 12 grossing films (domestic) of 2004, eight were fantasy or science-fiction. Yet these are precisely the genres the average Tinseltown producer does not understand.”

And from Brunell: "Think of all the romantic comedies that fail, yet there are new ones on an almost monthly basis."