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07 June 2014 @ 06:04 am
Book shaming.  
The menace of YA, or as C.S. Lewis said, "When I became a man, I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown-up."
Maia Cmaiac on June 7th, 2014 10:20 am (UTC)
I note that the genre-shaming editorial appeared in Slate. I got tired of Slate's self-importance a long time ago.

I've tried "literature". That experience reminded me that I read YA and genre fiction because the authors are telling a story, not just trying to show what innovative writers they are.

(Not that all genre fiction is free of literary self-importance. I recall my reaction to a science fiction novel that got lots of critical acclaim: "Lots of stuff went on, but nothing happened and nobody changed. What was the point, beside writing lots of pretty sentences?")
Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on June 8th, 2014 12:06 am (UTC)
I saw recently a reference to an English professor who said that only children and the ignorant read novels for pleasure. The proper purpose, he said, was to get the author's hidden message, or something like that.

I don't remember the wording; I may not be being entirely fair, but I sure got that impression from an utterly appalling book called How To Read Literature Like a Professor, which in turn reminded me of why I dropped out of high-school Honors English with extreme prejudice, and never took an English Department class again, not through 6 years of college.
Maia Cmaiac on June 8th, 2014 02:51 am (UTC)
Sounds to me like that English professor was justifying his sense of superiority. "Any ignorant fool can read, but to read correctly takes years of academic training!" The appropriate response is "Whatever" (with an eyeroll, of course).
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on June 7th, 2014 11:28 pm (UTC)
So what she's really saying is that we should respect the marketer's choice of demographic targeting when we consume books, instead of considering what sort of things we want to read. And, well... screw that.
Maia Cmaiac on June 8th, 2014 02:52 am (UTC)
And, well... screw that.

That is the perfect response.
Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on June 8th, 2014 12:01 am (UTC)
Allow me also to recommend this reply by the not always reliable, but this time she's got it nailed, Laura Miller.
shelleybear: Duckshelleybear on June 8th, 2014 01:07 am (UTC)
My ghod, look at the size of the bug this woman has up her ass.