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!
Note, this isn't something you "win" at. Nobody is saying a high grimdark score means a good book, or vice versa.
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)
(Vote on the book, not the series or author)
Lord Foul's Bane - by Stephen R Donaldson
Gardens of the Moon - by Steven Erikson
Elric of Melnibone - by Michael Moorcock
The Darkness That Comes Before - by R. Scott Bakker
The Grim Company - by Luke Scull
The Black Company - by Glen Cook
The Steel Remains - by Richard K. Morgan
(a book graduates to the list when we have a 100+ votes on it)
This is the list of titles voted on, ranked by average(*) grimdark content:
Prince of Thorns - by Mark Lawrence, Grimdark Rating 4.42
The Blade Itself - by Joe Abercrombie, Grimdark Rating 3.84A Game of Thrones - by George RR Martin, Grimdark Rating 3.41
The Way of Shadows - by Brent Weeks, Grimdark Rating 2.78
The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett, Grimdark Rating 2.56
Legend - by David Gemmell, Grimdark Rating 2.27
The Lies of Locke Lamora - by Scott Lynch, Grimdark Rating 2.26
Assassin's Apprentice - by Robin Hobb, Grimdark Rating 1.96
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
The Sword of Shannara - by Terry Brooks, Grimdark Rating 1.16
* average discounts outliers to discount the effect of stupid votes.
This is the list of titles waiting for a vote so far:
The Last Wish
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
The Mirror Empire
The Final Empire
The Court of Broken Knives
Shadow of the Torturer