I genuinely hate the idea that everything has to be morally grey these days.
Literary analysis is not the enemy.
We just need to do less making people read or otherwise consume specific art media and more focusing on analysis itself and how to do a good one.
We just need to leverage people’s existing desire to analyse the most seemingly un-analysable things like cartoons, video games, comics, whatever the hell you call Homestuck, narrative songs… anything.
And that sounds weird, but:
First of all, we haven’t realised and need to realise that in our modern era books—while no less relevant—are by now a fraction of the corpus of what we’d call “culture”.
I kept listening to that Nostalgia Critic parody song about grimdark Superman because I love it
And a few words just kinda stuck in my mind
Through the inspiring words of my father,
I’ll become a symbol, an icon
A saviour to restore hope to those who have none
Because I think about everything way too much, I just kind of thought about those words
And finally realised that basically, those words are a quick summary of why I like the song and think it’s so funny and on-point.