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The Hobbit The Hobbit (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.24 — 2,668,249 ratings — published 1937
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A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
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avg rating 4.45 — 1,959,126 ratings — published 1996
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American Gods American Gods (Kindle Edition)
by (shelved 125 times as sff)
avg rating 4.15 — 210,416 ratings — published 2001
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
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avg rating 4.44 — 5,516,832 ratings — published 1997
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The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1) The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)
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avg rating 4.34 — 2,241,794 ratings — published 1954
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
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avg rating 4.38 — 2,245,929 ratings — published 1998
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
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avg rating 4.54 — 2,131,343 ratings — published 2005
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Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1) Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
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avg rating 4.30 — 1,162,998 ratings — published 1985
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
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avg rating 4.61 — 2,234,342 ratings — published 2007
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Neverwhere Neverwhere (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.18 — 514,284 ratings — published 1996
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Dune (Dune Chronicles #1) Dune (Dune Chronicles #1)
by (shelved 96 times as sff)
avg rating 4.18 — 751,151 ratings — published 1965
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The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
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avg rating 4.34 — 5,842,261 ratings — published 2008
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The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1) The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
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avg rating 3.93 — 1,278,342 ratings — published 1995
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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.78 — 261,228 ratings — published 2004
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The Left Hand of Darkness The Left Hand of Darkness (Paperback)
by (shelved 87 times as sff)
avg rating 4.06 — 125,875 ratings — published 1969
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The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1) The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1)
by (shelved 85 times as sff)
avg rating 4.28 — 114,619 ratings — published 2015
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A Clash of Kings  (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2) A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
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avg rating 4.41 — 745,017 ratings — published 1998
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The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
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avg rating 4.56 — 729,017 ratings — published 2007
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The Handmaid's Tale The Handmaid's Tale (Paperback)
by (shelved 82 times as sff)
avg rating 4.06 — 1,079,141 ratings — published 1985
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The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2) The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)
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avg rating 4.42 — 654,114 ratings — published 1954
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A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3) A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)
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avg rating 4.54 — 679,435 ratings — published 2000
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The Martian The Martian (Hardcover)
by (shelved 79 times as sff)
avg rating 4.38 — 711,781 ratings — published 2012
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Fahrenheit 451 Fahrenheit 451 (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.94 — 831,493 ratings — published 1953
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A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1) A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1)
by (shelved 77 times as sff)
avg rating 4.04 — 921,411 ratings — published 1962
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The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3) The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)
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avg rating 4.51 — 636,159 ratings — published 1955
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Ready Player One Ready Player One (Hardcover)
by (shelved 76 times as sff)
avg rating 4.30 — 642,211 ratings — published 2011
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Uprooted Uprooted (Hardcover)
by (shelved 76 times as sff)
avg rating 4.10 — 169,242 ratings — published 2015
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1984 1984 (Mass Market Paperback)
by (shelved 76 times as sff)
avg rating 4.14 — 2,926,982 ratings — published 1949
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Snow Crash Snow Crash (Paperback)
by (shelved 76 times as sff)
avg rating 4.02 — 289,494 ratings — published 1992
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The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)
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avg rating 4.42 — 395,259 ratings — published 2006
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Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
by (shelved 73 times as sff)
avg rating 4.30 — 2,307,453 ratings — published 2009
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A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4) A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
by (shelved 72 times as sff)
avg rating 4.10 — 646,099 ratings — published 2005
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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy, #1) The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy, #1)
by (shelved 71 times as sff)
avg rating 3.80 — 87,123 ratings — published 2010
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Foundation (Foundation #1) Foundation (Foundation #1)
by (shelved 69 times as sff)
avg rating 4.13 — 453,815 ratings — published 1951
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Hardcover)
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avg rating 3.98 — 585,488 ratings — published 2013
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Brave New World Brave New World (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.97 — 1,552,041 ratings — published 1932
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Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
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avg rating 4.02 — 2,207,146 ratings — published 2010
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The Graveyard Book The Graveyard Book (Hardcover)
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avg rating 4.11 — 559,381 ratings — published 2008
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The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1) The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1)
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avg rating 4.01 — 310,645 ratings — published 1983
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A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1) A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1)
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avg rating 4.00 — 257,488 ratings — published 1968
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The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1) The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)
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avg rating 4.29 — 278,842 ratings — published 2006
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The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #1) The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #1)
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avg rating 3.99 — 96,693 ratings — published 2007
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Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1) Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)
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avg rating 3.96 — 90,106 ratings — published 2013
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A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5) A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
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avg rating 4.30 — 598,511 ratings — published 2011
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Station Eleven Station Eleven (Hardcover)
by (shelved 62 times as sff)
avg rating 4.01 — 344,464 ratings — published 2014
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Jim Butcher
“Lady Placida smiled. “History seldom takes note of serendipity when it records events. And from what I have heard, I suspect an argument could be made that you very much did earn the title.”

“Many women have earned titles, Your Grace. It doesn't seem to have been a factor in whether or not they actually received them.”

Lady Placida laughed. “True enough. But perhaps that is beginning to change.” She offered her hands. “It is a distinct pleasure to meet you, Steadholder.”
Jim Butcher, Academ's Fury

Foz Meadows
“And against whom is this censorship directed? By way of answer, think back to the big subcultural debates of 2011 – debates about how gritty fantasy isn’t really fantasy; how epic fantasy written from the female gaze isn’t really fantasy; how women should stop complaining about sexism in comics because clearly, they just hate comics; how trying to incorporate non-Eurocentric settings into fantasy is just political correctness gone wrong and a betrayal of the genre’s origins; how anyone who finds the portrayal of women and relationships in YA novels problematic really just wants to hate on the choices of female authors and readers; how aspiring authors and bloggers shouldn’t post negative reviews online, because it could hurt their careers; how there’s no homophobia in publishing houses, so the lack of gay YA protagonists can only be because the manuscripts that feature them are bad; how there’s nothing problematic about lots of pretty dead girls on YA covers; how there’s nothing wrong with SF getting called ‘dystopia’ when it’s marketed to teenage girls, because girls don’t read SF. Most these issues relate to fear of change in the genre, and to deeper social problems like sexism and racism; but they are also about criticism, and the freedom of readers, bloggers and authors alike to critique SFF and YA novels without a backlash that declares them heretical for doing so.


It’s not enough any more to tiptoe around the issues that matter, refusing to name the works we think are problematic for fear of being ostracized. We need to get over this crushing obsession with niceness – that all fans must act nicely, that all authors must be nice to each other, that everyone must be nice about everything even when it goes against our principles – because it’s not helping us grow, or be taken seriously, or do anything other than throw a series of floral bedspreads over each new room-hogging elephant.


We, all of us, need to get critical.

Blog post: Criticism in SFF and YA”
Foz Meadows

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