Dale Peck might not be the nicest critic in the business, but this article is worth a read.
“And, for the record: what’s wrong with genre books, intelligence-insulting or not? It’s nobody’s business but their own if James North Patterson’s readers find him engaging. If Stephanie Meyer’s fans think the Twilight Saga speaks to them, who’s it hurting? You might answer that it’s hurting them but, aside from the fact that I disagree with this assessment, I also don’t think it’s anyone’s problem but theirs. Water seeks its own level and so do books. If there’s a sea of readers waiting for the next terrible tome from Dan Brown to pour down on them, far be it from me to dam the flow, or damn it for that matter. But can we please PLEASE PLEASE stop pretending that these books are anything other than what they are?
[…]It’s time to stop trying to fool readers or make writers corrupt their work for the sake of sales. Let pulp be pulp and literature be literature, and if the twain should meet, as it does in the work of Philip K. Dick, Jim Thompson, and Donald Goines, let readers make that choice, not editorial boards desperate to shore up the bottom line.”