I enjoyed your pondering, but this isn’t true at all. How do you explain HONY, then? Also…

The Kite Runner
The Book Thief
The Fault in Our Stars
12 Years A Slave
A Child Called It

I could go on. lol. There are plenty of powerful stories that are harsh reality as well as wildly popular bestsellers.

People read for many reasons, not all of them are to escape the sad truths of life.

:)

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