Another Question of the Week: What the heck is “Grimdark”?

Do you find the term “Grimdark” to describe gritty fantasy utilitarian or dismissive? Or do you think that it depends on how someone is using it? Do you know any authors of “Grimdark” who use the term to describe their own work? What’s the equivalent term for the opposite of “Grimdark”?

What’s your definition of “Grimdark,” and what are some examples you’ve read?


3 thoughts on “Another Question of the Week: What the heck is “Grimdark”?

  1. I’ve heard it used affectionately, disparaging, and just plain ol’ descriptively. I think it depends entirely upon the speaker and his or her opinion of grimdarkery. I certainly prefer it to the “dark and gritty” label and, for that matter, “dark and gritty” stories. To my ear, “grimdark” suggests an overall tone–bleak and seemingly hopeless–while “dark and gritty” suggests that the author will seize every opportunity to describe a noxious odor and that most of the named characters and many of the red-shirts will vomit, onstage, at least once.

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