In response to the announcement of the AML Awards, a reader commented:
Do you think a second doubler would be good for the awards or damaging? It was a surprise last year as the whole point of the Whitney’s was to add a more populist perspective to LDS awards. If we have a doubler again this year, will it make having two awards seem somewhat redundant? What do you think?
I don’t see it as a problem—and to me, your question sounds like a backhanded slam on readers of popular fiction. They couldn’t possibly enjoy the same fiction that high-brow, snooty, elitists enjoy, could they?
The Whitney’s are based on popular vote. I think that as the industry continues to grow and more LDS “literary” fiction is produced, we might see a parting of the ways between these two awards. But when the field is limited as it currently is, it doesn’t surprise me that both voting groups may select the same winners for Novel of the Year.
Also, the AML Awards and the Whitney Awards only crossover in two categories—Novel (which the Whitneys subdivide into 7 categories) and Youth Fiction. While they may end up awarding the same novel Best of the Year (or not), I don’t think they’ll agree on the Youth Fiction category. The Whitney’s also allow for other genre fiction to get attention and awards.
So what do I think? I think both awards are cool and no, I don’t think they’re redundant.
Oh, and P.S.—
I don’t know if this is a problem on my side (I have a similar problem with writers blogck), but in order to read the text in the current colors I first have to highlight it. The brown on darker brown is impossible.
On all of the 7 computers to which I have access and tested these websites, the posts are not brown on darker brown. They are brick red headers, lighter red links, and dark gray text on an off white background. The menu at the top and in the sidebar is the same brick red text on a very light rose background. So, I don’t know what to tell you.