What do you think? Is there a place for 'junk food' in reading or are we just filling our minds with 'empty calories'? I have another friend who believes that these books are to blame for a lot of stalker situations. She thinks they teach that a woman may say no but if the guy keeps at her she'll change her mind. Does she have a point? Maybe.We need an antidote to the "alpha male involved with spirited blonde heroine" story. It's like eating junk food in almost every sense of the word. Why eat crap of a vending machine when there are tiny chocolate cakes and strawberry flans and fresh cherries and warm honey-dip donuts in the world? I guess a lot of people just don't care what they put in their mouths. – Sue E.
My in-laws refuse to read fiction unless it is based in fact. Their stance is that all fiction is 'empty calories' for the brain and that any book worth reading must teach the reader something of 'the real world'. If I talk about a great book I've read and they find out it is fiction they just refuse to listen any more - not interested. They read a LOT of non-fiction. Do they have a point? Are we wasting our time with fiction?
I have always believed that all books have value. We learn to write by reading which helps with school and work. Our vocabulary increases. Our imagination is challenged and we develop the ability to think outside the box. And of course we de-stress.
I'd love to hear your opinion on these things. Comment?