In this video/audio, I talk about one of my pet hates - the marginalising and shaming of someone’s reading choices. Many readers of romance and science fiction have experienced this in their lives, but undoubtedly it isn’t limited to those genres. Through my PhD reserach into the neuroscience of reading, I’ve really come to appreciate how “story” is a collaboration between reader and text, and that reader has their own memories and knowledge that make the story meaningful. That really questions the absolutist idea of “value” in literature, and the idea that anyone should be shamed about what they enjoy reading, whether it’s for pleasure or for meaning.
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Cheers, Charlotte (proud romance and science fiction reader).