Oh relief! I think you've understood what I was on about Griff. You are really good at explaining things in a sentence that I have to take seventeen paragraphs over and still have people misunderstanding.
|I suspect that plays you describe as "middlebrow" are those plays which purport to aim a little higher|
I think I don't object to anything trying to do something. I don't even honest attempt that don't work or even fail. What I really don't like are smug things that purport to be "better" in some way than the rest, where the audience can go on about their edifying experience, but actually there was nothing there at all except the odd symbol of profundity. I suppose I find those kind of things lazy, smug and dishonest and I don't like the way people feel superior for watching them rather than - as you say - a great detective piece or comedy, which they might look down their noses at.<Added>
I don't object to an honest attempt that doesn't work or even fails.
Sorry my posts are REALLY deteriorating.<Added>
Sorry that wasn't supposed to be patronising to everyone else. But I realised after my great rant that everyone being into books would probably mean they didn't have a clue what I was on about and it might have been a bit of a personal rant...