I’m not a reading snob.
I do enjoy the guilty pleasures of reading. While reading literary works make me feel virtuous, other writing often re-injects the fun back into sf. In the end, it’s the reading experience that is paramount, of which the book’s writing style is only a part. (It’s the same guilty pleasure I derive from Star Wars. It’s not Shakespeare, but it’s fun.)
Besides The Executioner series and Star Wars, I might also add to my list of guilty pleasures the Perry Rhodan series. I haven’t read any in while, but I remember these being fun in a corny, how-will-they-top-themselves-next kind of way. I like to think that their literary value was lost somewhere in the translation from their original German, but in the back of my mind, I know it’s a dignity-preserving lie.
I hope I’m not the only one who’s not afraid to fess up! C’mon, share you guilty pleasure. Any Pel Toro fans out there?