Enduring vs Enjoying
klj at sccs.swarthmore.edu
Wed Jan 19 18:18:45 EST 2005
On Wed, 19 Jan 2005, Allison Marles wrote:
> I'm starting to think I've been misunderstood. I was neither saying
> that one couldn't enjoy Serious Profound Literature (or movies or
> whatever) nor that it wasn't worth reading things that might not
> be highly enjoyable. What I was saying was that some Literary
> Snobs (the sort who would say "Oh, you're reading a YA fantasy"
> in a condescending way if they saw you reading a DWJ) seem to
> think that Serious Profound Literature isn't meant to be enjoyed
> and that the very nature of enduring reading something is what
> makes it valuable. Almost that by enjoying something you are
> proving its worthlessness or proving that you don't understand
> its Deep Profound meaning.
Ah, I think you and I are actually ranting against more-or-less the exact
same phenomenon, then ;-). Boo irritating people!
Prometheus: "Grief for awhile is blind and so was mine. / I wish no living
thing to suffer pain."
---Percy Bysshe Shelley, _Prometheus Unbound_
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