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Why genre fiction? (.mp3)

Why would I devote my time to discussing the literary merits of a few popular genres of books? Here's your chance to find out.

For those with slow connections (or little patience), here's a transcription:

While it may sound silly, genre fiction has been a major influence on my life.

Science fiction, fantasy and horror books intended for young readers, such as R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series, got me hooked on reading at a time when I thought the literature my teachers tried to get me to read was the most boring thing in the world.

If I hadn't started reading then, I might never have started. I could have been one of those typical students that think it's a badge of honor to say "I hate reading."

But because I did find those books at just the right time, I've been addicted ever since. They led me to more mainstream literature, which has helped me considerably in my college courses. But, at the end of the day, I always go back to genre fiction when I'm looking to have some fun.

So, I hope through this site to dispel some of the myths about genre fiction. Mostly, I want to prove that they have merit as literary works: Maybe not always, and maybe not all of them, but enough that they deserve their own special place in the field.

Have fun reading... I know I have.

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