There are a few things that are currently annoying me about the genre. The one at the top of my list is how so many of us reviewers are so incredibly into the genre in every way, shape, and form, yet we never get to be included in it. We don’t get to go to conferences because of where we live. We don’t get to vote in (many) awards. We don’t have a say. This isn’t a big deal, but it bugs me. Us bloggers are the epic genre fans and it seems rather disorienting to see that we have pretty much no voice, unless we are lucky enough to have enough money to go to conferences, or you live somewhere that conferences set up shop.
Plus, we review. We are genre critics. We analyze, get excited about, pick over all genre books. If anyone should give out awards, its those of us who spend hours and hours on our websites, reading books, stalking authors, analyzing everything. But we don’t. As far as I know, there is no SFF specific “Reviewer’s Choice Award.”
Unless it is due to organizational problems, I cannot fathom why reviewers don’t have their own Reviewer’s Choice Award?
There would, of course, have to be stipulations.
A few I thought off the top of my head:
1. Nominations and voting would ONLY be open to bloggers/reviewers who post SFF specific reviews at least once a week. This would require someone(s) to check out everyone who nominates and make sure they are following the “rules.” (IE: Look at their website).
(That’s just a random number. Many bloggers post more editorials than reviews, or only post reviews once a month or whatever. It would be a number, or restrictions that would have to be discussed and agreed on.)
2. It would probably need to be a combination of nomination, popular vote, and jury… but maybe not.
3. To include everyone, it would have to be online only.
4. I’d probably have to run a Kickstarter to get money so the winners could have something hardcore to put on their shelves at home. What point is an award if you don’t get anything out of it to show off? I could award people the BOOKWORM AWARD OF THE YEAR, but who cares? No, they have to actually win SOMETHING. Thus, kickstarter.
5. I’d want nominations and awards to be in the SFF genre. There’d be YA categories, PNR, UF, SciFi, fantasy, graphic novels, horror…. But then again, breaking it down so specifically could get messy.
6. What about first books? New authors? Should they get their own award?
The problem with all of this is making it a critical, upstanding award that doesn’t get watered down by being opened up online to “everyone,” but isn’t only for special people and thus obviously somewhat bias. A lot of people have awards, and most of them don’t mean a damn thing. I’d want this one to count.
Is it possible?
What are your thoughts?