>You want us to ONLY read literature. But guess what, the genre fiction of today is the literature of tomorrow.
Genre writers are delusional. The commercially successful books from the past (Dickens etc) weren't the neatly packaged products they are today. Genre = conventions. Romance is literally paint by the numbers, Mystery is close to paint by the numbers w/ strict form and structure. sci-fi ages poorly + it and fantasy will always be niche things for nerds
>The commercially successful books from the past (Dickens etc) weren't the neatly packaged products they are today
No, but in the pulp age they certainly were (even more so), and writers like Jack London, Raymond Chandler, etc. got elevated over time.
As yesterday's science fiction becomes today's science fact the old ideas of what the world will be like start to sound stupid rather than innovative and futuristic.
Just look at Star Trek.
Combine this with many of the plots of said old sci-fi novels hinging on long-debunked theories being fact, and you lose what draws many people to hard sci-fi to begin with.
That is, science.