Sarah Rhea Werner

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March 28, 2012 at 8:25pm

don’t dismiss genre fiction.

A thoughtful post in defense of genre fiction. And BAD genre fiction at that.

From the article:

It’s not about shutting your mind off, or any other excuse, it’s about opening your mind, to the brilliant little sparks of joy embedded in even the worst told stories. See, individual books might be bad, but as long as you pull some piece of love out of them, fit it into the gestalt of the hundreds of other books you’ve read, it’s still making you think, still making your world bigger. Disparate stories from different genres might be brilliant on their own, but they can’t contribute to your internal world in the same way. That would be like trying to assemble a puzzle from only corner pieces. 

The endless piles of genre fiction are the key to happiness. They’re the key to picking out the things that actually make you happy in this world instead of the things that you’re told are good for you. Ninety percent of everything you read is going to be crap one way or the other, so make sure it’s the crap that makes you smile, and don’t apologize for it.

On that note, I fucking LOVE Jim Butcher, Elizabeth PetersJacqueline Carey, Diana Gabaldon, any and all “Star Wars" novels, and the delicious "Vampire Academy" series. YES I SAID LOVE.

Are there any books that you are ashamed to be seen reading… but can’t get enough of?

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