while the big consumer world is at the theater gobbling up the latest Avengers movie, ‘fandom’ is giving ‘science fiction’s most prestigious award’ to stories and books that bore the crap out of the people at the theater: books and stories long on ‘literary’ elements… while being entirely too short on the very elements that made Science Fiction and Fantasy exciting and fun in the first place.
So they can be fun or good? Sounds like a bogus dichotomy to me.
I avoid these just like I do any other contrived “award”, where an in-group can self-congratulate for finding others to justify their taste criteria. There is always a politic/bias behind selection, even if might not be obvious. “There were 100,000 works, but we found the best one!” Sure you did, what a coincidence… I would rather that people were just less gullible about these things. I prefer honest reviews, criticism, and commentary any day.