Ok, so Irvine Welsh is my favorite author. His subject matter is almost always dark and depraved. Of course I wouldn't expect everyone to embrace his work. Just because he is my favorite author doesn't mean I can't respect someone who is appalled by his work, because it *is* appalling. I know that. I also don't care if people think it's trash lit or has the makings of classics, besides, don't book/movie/music snobs take pride in liking things that other people typically don't? I thought that's what made them cool and edgy.