The New York Times is taking a quiver full of barbs today, as female fantasy lovers respond to the paper's laughably parochial review of HBO's new series Game of Thrones. The review, by Times critic Ginia Bellafante, is "a flaming insult to geek girls," notes Amy Ratcliffe on her blog, Geek With Curves. While it's easy to understand some of the review's criticisms—namely, the show's confusingly large cast and complicated intrigues—you can also see why some might feel the write up is sexist in its discussion of the show's lurid sexual subplots, which the writer doesn't seem to realize are pulled straight from the books by George R. R. Martin. "The true perversion," Bellafante writes, "is the sense you get that all of this illicitness has been tossed in as a little something for the ladies, out of a justifiable fear, perhaps, that no woman alive would watch otherwise." Ah yes, nothing attracts the female TV-watching demo quite like graphic sex! Another head scratcher: "Game of Thrones is boy fiction patronizingly turned out to reach the population's other half." Wait, is this the same "other half" that has made fantasy one of the most popular genres in both literature and Hollywood? You don't have to be a geek girl to be baffled by this review; you just have to live in 2011. Hat tip to Christopher Baccus.
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