My (slightly late) post for this topic is going to be quite brief, to be honest. The main reason for this is that I am not really one to do much guilty pleasure reading. I’m sure this makes me sound like a total pretentious git, but I really don’t read those kinds of books. I suppose my guilty pleasure reading is probably the likes of Douglas Adams, or maybe Spike Milligan and some of his silly books. Also I find P. G. Wodehouse to be a kind of guilty pleasure reading, as for me it is just pure escapism. But with the literary ability he possessed, his books were hardly trashy.
And that’s the point – I don’t really read trashy books. I just don’t care for them, ever. If I only have a certain amount of time to read, I want to be reading good books, powerful stories that will move me, shatter me, upset me to my core or fill me with hope and happiness. I don’t want to read stuff that I know is just bad, that I will gain nothing from and which ultimately serve no purpose.
So I’m afraid I can’t really answer this question, or at least not in the manner in which it was intended. I try to make sure I don’t judge people who do read such books, as reading anything at all is better than reading nothing and I know for some people they just like to read to escape from life a bit, but for me I can’t read the sorts of books that could be labelled as guilty pleasure books.
What about you? Do you read any guilty pleasure books? If so, what draws you to them?