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when I am not typing while the dog eats her dinner and am about to leave to bring the kids to taekwondo, but:

The reason "If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love" is SFF is that the first time you're reading it, you don't know if it's set in a world where If The Velociraptor From Jurassic Park Were Your Girlfriend (for instance) could be real, and it's that tension about the possibility that gives the story some of its emotional weight.

(Yes, I know the second link came after, I'm using it as an example.)

Date: 2015-06-16 01:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hebethen
Nah, I am the one who has miscommunicated; that is what I meant. Like saying to someone IRL, "If you were rich" or "If you were a game designer", right? Like this could be a universe in which "If you were a dinosaur" was as reasonable a what-if as "If you were a woman"?

Your point about the venue makes me think of another story which I read in an SFF mag that didn't strike me as particularly SFF -- Tobler's "Once, Upon a Lime" in SH. That one *does* have echoes of another "genre"(?) tradition/history, the fairy tale/folktale, which SFF (at least the second F) often (re)mixes/plays with -- which in turn made me think of how The Girls at the Kingfisher Club was passed around SFF circles a bit, and that book's origin in/relationship to fairy tale.

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