Monday News: A fight over fan generated video content begins; Author appearances; Genre wars over?
Nintendo issued a statement to Gamefront that indicates it has no plans to block content, only to use the videos as a platform for advertising. “We continually want our fans to enjoy sharing Nintendo content on YouTube, and that is why, unlike other entertainment companies, we have chosen not to block people using our intellectual property,” the statement read.”
The Youtube gamers argue that their videos serve as advertisements for Nintendo games and help spread word of mouth regarding a game. If they aren’t allowed to reap revenue, fewer game plays by users will be uploaded, argue the gamers.
I’ve been to readings before and unless the author is a good orator, with a good sense of timing and drama, readings are difficult to sit through. There is a reason that few authors narrate their own audiobooks. I prefer the interactive nature of an author appearance with the author responding to questions from the crowd. Do you guys have author appearance preferences? Huffington Post
Despite all these authors being of “literary” quality, publishers and retailers place them in different categories thus marginalizing the books in some way.
Literature – in whatever form – ought to make the world more complex, not less. I don’t know of a single serious critic nowadays who would dismiss genre writing solely on the basis that it is genre writing. To that extent, the “genre wars” are over. Could more be done? Of course: book festivals, for example, still tend to pair up genre writers; publishers spend more time marketing already successful genre books than other novels – the crime writer Denise Mina told me the Man Booker should go to a “literary” writer as they need all the help they can get.
From a reader standpoint, I like genres only because it helps me to find the books that I am interested in reading. If there were no categories, only authors listed by alphabetic interest, I’m going to spend a lot of time staring and very little time buying. But, are genres too discrete?