A recent post asked people to list gritty, realistic and dark science fiction and fantasy. I don't believe people understand what "gritty" means as applied to narratives. I'm not sure they know what "realistic" means either.

Here is Webster's definition of gritty as presented to me by a poster who claimed it validated 40k as "gritty."

Definition of GRITTY

1

: containing or resembling grit

2

: courageously persistent : plucky <a gritty heroine>

3

: having strong qualities of tough uncompromising realism<a gritty novel>

— grit·ti·ly adverb

— grit·ti·ness noun

Note the third definition which includes the word "REALISM." Demons and space orks are realistic sci-fi now. Also, it's not dark fantasy. Ask.

I'm not big on precise meanings of words, but when you're pretty much using it in the opposite way it breaks down clarity. It also threatens to ruin anything that's actually gritty and realistic by heaping it with grimdark.

Is it just me? I suppose it might be.