Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Shame Filled Secrets Edition


Recently, a website which shall remain nameless (mostly because I don’t have a lot of respect for ’em, and I figure if you really want to find out their name, it won’t be particularly difficult) posted a long screed opining that adults who read fiction aimed at Young Adults should be ashamed of their taste in reading.  It hit a very personal nerve for me, reminding me of my teenage years when several of my comic-reading friends suddenly became ashamed of their taste in things, and began openly mocking those of us who still read comics and watched cartoons.  The label of “kids’ stuff” seemed as ridiculous in 1984 as it does 30 years later (at least to me), but I realized that there are a few segments of my media consumption that I do feel a bit of embarrassment about.  My appreciation of soap operas and professional wrestling (which are often just opposite faces of the same coin) are things that I won’t bring up in mixed company unless and until I’ve measured the audience, even though I have no problem bringing up my love of comics and nerdery.  It’s an odd juxtaposition to experience, and while I don’t like the implication that someone should HAVE to be ashamed of what they love, the cognitive dissonance leads us to today’s Judgey Von Holier-Than-Thou query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also doesn’t mention my considerable soft spot for the works of the late V.C. Andrews, as they were fave-raves of my late mom, asking: Are there any aspects of your pop-culture consumption about which you feel shame?