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 also have literary merit. 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 hapless college students, have given literature a bad name and have discouraged the art of reading for pleasure. The promotors of these awful books, mainly literature professors and pompous literary critics, should be ashamed of themselves for making intelligent readers feel inferior for not being able to read and enjoy these dense, humorless, lifeless novels.