Why Guardians?

I mentioned in my last post on Pink SF Puppies the Rabid Puppy’s objection to any vague hint of romance fiction in science fiction.

Guardians of the Galaxy
Even the tank is pink

According to Day, Pink SF has the following qualities and is supposedly the dominant form of SF currently: (edited excepts)

  • ┬áIt is ‘necrobestial’ love triangles.
  • It is using the superficial trappings of science fiction to tell ‘goopy, narcissistic female-oriented story’
  • Pink SF primarily concerns a) choosing between two lovers
  • b) being true to yourself,
  • c) enacting ex post facto revenge upon the badthinkers and meanies who made the author feel bad about herself at school
  • Pink SF is about feelings rather than ideas or actions.

He contrasts it with “Blue SF” which is supposedly like this:

  • avoids strong independent female protagonists
  • avoids sexual equality, salutes la difference

    Yes - it is like the colour coded the two movies to make this post easier
    Yes – it is like they color coded the two movies to make this post easier
  • doesn’t deign to throw bones to women
  • shows disdain for [I’m being polite] to ‘every idiot of either sex who whines about it being too this or not enough that’
  • does not apologize for being male, for being insufficiently inclusive, or for refusing to fall in line with the dynamic demand for character quotas concerning sex, race, religion, and sexual preferences.

So here is a thing. This year two movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe were nominated for a Hugo: Captain America: Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Captain America was the non-Puppy pick (why? because it was a great movie)
[warning some spoilers below the fold]

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