There was a time, and not so long ago that some old fashioned and narrowly religious people who actually condemned novel reading as wrong. They argued that novels were made-up stories, and so reading them was reading lies! But I don’t think that there are any of these queer folks left now. So, we don’t need to bother about their opinions. But there are not a few who condemn novel reading on the ground that it is a waste of time which would be better used in reading serious books.
Why is novel reading good?
Of course, there are novels and novels. There is a huge demand for fiction nowadays that some writers are writing and publishing plenty of trashy novels, and read by the half-educated. A trashy novel is one that is badly written, badly constructed, and untrue to life. The reading of such poor stuff must certainly be condemned. It is more than a waste of time; for it has positively harmful effects upon the readers in vitiating their taste, making them unable to appreciate really good work.