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Conversely, if these critics, creators and academics science fiction or fantasy (How could it be?It's ''good''), regardless of how many tortuous hoops they might have to jump through in order to do so. A (somewhat contradictory) perception about science fiction in general is that it is somehow both too complex for mainstream audiences with 'simple' tastes and yet simultaneously not literary and sophisticated enough for critics and academics.
None other than famed horror director John Carpenter once remarked that horror is viewed by the mainstream as being just a notch above pornography.
In this case, it typically overlaps heavily with the Girl Show Ghetto, the implication being that no self-respecting man would ever read a romance novel. One example of such a case is with the label "postmodern", which is often lumped with critically acclaimed authors, regardless whether or not their work actually is this.