As a creative writing instructor who assigns a lot of reading, I have at least a few introductory students each semester who complain about the material. It’s not that it’s too difficult or too dense. It’s that it’s too depressing. “Can’t we read something happy?” someone will invariably ask.
Uttich, Laurie, "In Defense of 'Depressing' Books" (2015). UCF Forum. 48.
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