What are the differences between highbrow and popular literature?

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The current debate over "highbrow" literature versus popular or "lowbrow" literature is one that rages, currently, even in the very definitions of what makes a book "highbrow" or "lowbrow."  To speak plainly, if not somewhat stereotypically, lowbrow or popular lit, has also been called "grocery store literature" or "dime novels."  Two very popular and successful writers who have been labeled under this category include Stephanie Meyers (for the Twilight series) and Dan Brown, for his books like The DaVinci Code and more recently, The Lost Symbol .  Essentially, the argument is that what these novels lack in thematic depth, character...

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