Your Book is Bad and You Should Feel Bad

The “Just Don’t Read it if You Don’t Like it” fallacy and other arguments that lack critical thinking

Literary criticism is a good thing. Let’s just get that out of the way right now. We need to be able to criticize literature. We need to be able to discuss fiction. We need the freedom to do that in various ways, including fanfic. We need to adjust our thinking to accept that you can enjoy a work and still find it problematic. We need to see that the world is not black and white, 1-star and 5-star reviews. Something I’ve noticed a lot of people saying in response to criticisms of books is “If you don’t like it,