“State of the Genre” – 2015
It’s been a while since we’ve posted a full-blown editorial, but instead of focusing on one topic, we thought that we would look at the state of the genre in general. Basically, we just wanted to take the pulse of fans and see what people think about what’s going on.
I want this to be fan-drvien, so I’ll keep my own personal thoughts brief. Solely from a perspective of quality, I believe the genre has never been/looked better, and I think the feedback from fans would back that claim up. I would personally love to hear from fans who disagree with the previous sentence. I don’t watch adult heroine films, but I do read the comments section and the reviews have been sparkling from our readers. Off the top of my head, Alex Bettinger, Punished Heroines, and The Battle for Earth have all received overwhelmingly positive reviews from their target audience. TBFE in particular has received rave reviews for their new style and direction.
From a PG-13 perspective, the films have been similarly well received. NGC’s work has garnered incredibly positive feedback, and I believe Season 3 has been their best season to date which is saying something. RYE-UK has also been received with a great deal of critical acclaim. Before some issues surfaced over at The Superheroines, I would argue they may have had the deepest talent pool in the genre. There was also some well-received output from the smaller producers we cover. UltraHeroix did a fabulous take on “Star Trek” that was just a blast to watch, and people seem to enjoy the goofy-fun nature of Game Over Girls films.
On a personal level, my favorite site, Kick Ass Femmes has delivered in such a big way. It’s literally my dream site. I wouldn’t change a thing about it. And Kandy Crisis has just blown up into a huge production, and I’ve loved every minute of it.
Now, not everything is wine and roses. Personally, there’s two things I perceive as being big negatives right now.
Darkness – I’m not talking about darker content, that’s always been prevalent in this genre. I’m talking about darkly dressed heroines fighting darkly dressed villains, in dark corners of dark rooms. I just can’t see anything anymore. This phenomena seems to be spreading to several producers and I can’t say I’m a fan.
Pricing – This is probably going to come off as hypocritical of me, because I wrote an editorial over a year ago where I proclaimed I believe in the free market system, and that producers should feel free to charge whatever they want for films. And everything I wrote in that editorial still stands. However, I don’t think that precludes me from looking at some recent prices and shaking my head in disbelief. I don’t believe there is any price gouging going on. Just from what I know of our producers on a personal-level, I don’t believe any would do that. But the mere fact that I even had to give it some thought was kind of disturbing.
So, what’s your opinion on the state of the genre? Better than ever? Worse than ever? Somewhere in-between? The forum is yours.
[Note from HM – We’d like to thank Judah for inspiring this editorial with his “Half Year in Review” idea, which morphed into this editorial.]