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Tim Chambers

If they don't, we're stuck at some infantile level with a need for predictable stimuli, like a toddler wanting the same bedtime story every night.

You have posed the problem in a very precise and explicit way. Which is that genre fiction readers are exactly as you describe. It doesn't mean that all "literary" fiction will provide a graduate student with material for a dissertation, 90% of it is still crap, but it nonetheless strives to be something more than the same old genre story with different character names filled in at the blanks.

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