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29 July 2003 @ 03:19 pm
Why do they insist on calling is "Escapist Literature," anyway?  
I find that highly offensive. It's like saying that you read those kinds of books because you can't cope with everyday life.
The term kind of looms over you.. like you ought to be reading somthing important and intellectual all the time, instead of "escaping" into some silly fantasy world. I resent that :P
I'd rather not read anything important, intellectual, or so-called-"life-changing" anytime soon, thankyouverymuch
I have my own share of important-looking books, and I do read them from time to time.. but should my pleasure reading be labeled so condesendingly?
It's annoying.
 
 
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President Evildeis on July 29th, 2003 01:50 pm (UTC)
:/ Some people.
People should just be free to read what they want, for what ever reasons they want.
All reading is an escape, when you think about it. When you're reading, you're not out in the 'real world' making important decisions, are you.

._. I agree with you. I would much rather just enjoy reading than feel as though I need to read some over blow thesis on the reproduction systems of the afghani fruit tikki lamp bird >_
Knitter for the Revolution: Crazyseishia on July 29th, 2003 01:51 pm (UTC)
It's annoying.

Agreed!

Escapist Literature just sounds like it's for convicts trying to get out of prison.

What is this in response to?
HIDE your facekyonomiko on July 29th, 2003 02:20 pm (UTC)
Just somthing dumb I was thinking about
You ever sit alone and let the most mundane and embarassing moments of your life replay over and over again? And at those times you find yourself at a loss for words, do you ever come up with viable arguments the other person will never hear?
Well... an embarassingly long time ago, one of my highschool teachers heard about what I liked to read, and said "oh! Escapist literature!" And we had a small discussion about it, but I couldn't really put my finger on why it bugged me so much.
I'd completely forgot about it until a few hours ago, where I was on a BBS...
One of the members was talking about how he enjoyed Vonnegut, which reminded me of when I'd actually read a lot of vonnegut... sometime before highschool...
Which led me to remember what one of my instrutors labeled "Escapist literature.."
Which in turn, for absolutely no reason at all, offended me again.. now, 8 years later

Life is funny like that when you have no life.
Knitter for the Revolution: Ha!seishia on July 29th, 2003 02:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Just somthing dumb I was thinking about
Do that all the time. I create comebacks for an argument I had with my sister so many years ago it's lost all meaning. It drives her up the wall when I drag up things she doesn't remember doing ^__^
rclawedrclawed on July 31st, 2003 11:28 am (UTC)
I think the term isn't nearly as offensive as the condesending attitude it conveys. I read almost entirely escapist literature and love it. I have had more than one ex tell me that it's a shame I waste my time on the books I choose to read as if enjoyment is a waste of time. I consider forcing myself to read something I'm not interested in a much greater waste of time.
HIDE your facekyonomiko on July 31st, 2003 02:38 pm (UTC)
Agreed
A good book read under the wrong circumstances is a waste of time. Most of the time, I hated having to read books for class.. even when the professors assigned somthing interesting. It forces a strict schedule on somthing you'd rather just take your time with.
Though.. I don't do too well with deadlines, (or rules for that matter) either XD