Interesting article by writer Elizabeth Lowell (aka Ann Maxwell) on popular fiction and its role in society. I think Lowell makes an excellent case for genre writing, she explores sexism in literature, and while she does not address the issue of quality and commercialism, I think she makes a strong case for popular fiction, not that I think that popular fiction ever needs a case; I will always stand on my belief that you must read it to judge it, and it is what you take from it individually that matters.
What I think is more interesting, however, are the responses of readers on HTMLGiant. Really, some haters, and I think any writer should be offended by the fact that Christopher Higgs is "studying" writers of popular fiction and how they talk about their work. It makes any writer feel less than human. One day, I want to write a book of literary criticism on "popular literature." It has always been an interest of mine, and also as a sociologist, I want to see what it means to society, how we talk about, and class issues related to it.
Also, am offended by the fact that they say "cultural studies is a growing wasteland." If you don't analyze your culture's discourse, how else are you going to change it!
HTMLGiant proves once and for all that it's a bunch of classist, elitist writers, or at least their readers...
But I still love Jimmy Chen.
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