To make up an original story and tell it well requires narrative skill, creativity, and talent. Novels that tell stories, often dismissed as genre fiction, can be quite literary. Only a tiny assembly of showoff literary critics pay any attention to plotless artsy-fartsy novels marketed as so-called "literary" fiction. In truth, these fraudulent books, forced upon millions of hapless college students, have given literature a bad name, and have discouraged what has become a lost art--reading for pleasure. The promotors of these awful books, mainly literature professors and certain literary critics, should be ashamed of themselves for making intelligent readers feel inferior for not being able to read and enjoy these dense, humorless, and lifeless novels.