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Old 11-30-2011, 11:47 AM   #55
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Originally Posted by JSWolf View Post
February: Romance
June: Classic
October: Horror
December*: Classic

We have four week months as you can see.

Romance is weak because It's the one category with the most split in terms of like/dislike.
On what do you base that? It's the one that dislikers are most vocal about, but I don't like, don't read, don't want to talk about horror. Not fond of most classics, either. The stigma against romance as being "chick lit" and therefore unworthy of serious discussion, has nothing to do with its actual popularity--which, according to book sales, is obviously very strong.

How is one of the bestselling genres of books a "weak" category? Certainly, there's a lot more people who enjoy romance books than science fiction.

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Classic doesn't count as it's not really a category.
It's a category; it's not a genre. And we have no active definition of the category--it could be defined by years-in-print, or popular influence, or some amalgam of the two, but we've left it to individual nominators and voters to decide what matters to them.

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Classic is weak because it's classic and that's always been weak since nobody can actually properly define what it is and it's not really a category.
So: Classic is weak because you don't know what someone else means when they say a book is a classic?

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Horror is weak because we usually don't actually get scary books as the winner.
We get books that voters agree are horror books. Whether they actually scare the readers has nothing to do with the strength or weakness of the category.

I still don't understand what you mean by "weak," other than "I don't like the way MR deals with these categories." What makes science fiction strong and romance weak?
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