On Cultural Obligations

I was reading through the comments section of a YA literature think-piece1 on the AV Club the other day, and a lot of people2 seem to share the belief that readers (and note, we mean all readers, not just adults) shouldn’t waste their time on the “mindless pap” that is the YA genre when they could be reading Literature (pronounced “capital-L literature”). Because apparently reading for pleasure is not good enough; all reading should be challenging and character-building.

This is bullshit. What follows is a super disorganized exploration of why this is bullshit:

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