Over on the Grimdark Facebook group we're compiling a list of books which we're going to rate for grimdarkiness.
It seems to be not a war of words but a war for a word. There are those who use 'grimdark' as a pejorative for a vague group of things they dislike, there are grimdark aficionados who see the term as descriptor for an aesthetic that requires the presence of a number of distinct elements which may include moral greyness, bleakness, and nihilism, and there are an (apparent majority) who just see it as the setting on a control knob relating to general levels of violence and ickyness... Here all are free to battle it out and define this word through usage and example. Let your voice be heard!
Please only vote on a book IF YOU HAVE READ IT, not based on other's opinions.
Currently we are voting on:
(remember, we aren't voting on how much we liked them or not)
Prince of Thorns - by Mark Lawrence
Assassin's Apprentice - by Robin Hobb
Legend - by David Gemmell
This is the list of titles voted on, ranked by average(*) grimdark content:
The Blade Itself - by Joe Abercrombie, Grimdark Rating 3.84
A Game of Thrones - by George RR Martin, Grimdark Rating 3.41
The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett, Grimdark Rating 2.56
The Sword of Truth - by Terry Goodkind, Grimdark Rating 1.51
Magician - by Raymond E Feist, Grimdark Rating 1.46
The Pawn of Prophecy - by David Eddings, Grimdark Rating 1.26
* average discounts outliers to discount the effect of stupid votes.
This is the list of titles waiting for a vote so far:
The Sword of Shannara
Way of Shadows
The Lies of Locke Lamore
The Steel Remains
The Black Company
The Grim Company
The Darkness That Comes Before
Lord Foul's Bane
The Last Wish
Gardens of the Moon
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
The Mirror Empire