By Isaac Butler
Um, hey guys, just because something’s popular doesn’t mean it doesn’t have value. This work from supposedly disreputable genres like superhero comics and science fiction and high fantasy and stuff? We shouldn’t discount it just because it’s popular. Sure there might be problems at times with style or whatever, but there’s also deep engagement with the world, with the way we live, with politics to be found there. Just because it’s easy and entertaining doesn’t mean it should be ignored.
Hey this is great! We’re talking about Philip K. Dick and Ursula LeGuin and stuff now! That’s nice. Oh look, isn’t it interesting how these Marvel Comics use genetic mutation as a metaphor for both the alienation of adolescence and the civil rights movement?
Wow. It sure does seem like there are a lot of superhero movies and stuff out.
Huh. I can’t remember the last time I read a long article in a mainstream outlet about theatre or poetry or dance that wasn’t somehow connected to a celebrity.
Um, hey guys, just because something is unpopular doesn’t mean it doesn’t have value. This work from legacy genres? Like poetry? And literary fiction and creative nonfiction? And experimental work across media? Sure, it might seem thorny at times, but there’s also great pleasures to be found therein. Just because it’s hard and not always focused on surface entertainment doesn’t mean it should be ignored.